Since the announcement in mid-November of 2017, sales for Tesla’s first venture into electric logistics has been a (so far) successful one. Even before release, firms have been pre-ordering the semi with the hopes that they will save money and time with the new vehicle.
Tesla says the truck will reach 60mph in just 20 seconds with a 80,000-pound load compared to the minute it would take a diesel truck to do the same. Tesla also boasts that it will climb a 5% grade at 65mph compared to a diesel’s 45mph. Finally, maybe the most important of factors, Tesla claims that buyers will save $200,000 on fuel alone.
These specs are attracting firms to invest in the product, and we have the lowdown here:
|United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS)||125|
|PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP)||100|
|Sysco (NYSE: SYY)||50|
|Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD)||40|
|J.B. Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ: JBHT)||40|
|DHL (a subsidiary of Deutsche Post)||10|
|Total (running estimate)||409|
There are still unknown numbers buried within the accounts of businesses, but we’ll keep you updated as we know!
Tesla still has to prove to buyers that they have the logistics knowledge to provide not only a good product, but a good service to accompany that product, too. Only time will tell, but we’re crossing our fingers.