DHL orders 10 Tesla Semi electric trucks, mainly for shorter routes

30 Novembre, 2017, 13:25 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • DHL orders 10 Tesla Semi electric trucks, mainly for shorter routes

DHL Supply Chain joined the growing list of companies tempted by Tesla to at least test the all-electric, long-range trucks in some kind of pilot project.

Image: DHL to test Tesla electric trucks in USA major metro cities.

In total, we count around 200 Tesla Semis reserved to date by summing up official and less official reports.

To be more specific, DHL Supply Chain - a provider of transportation, warehousing, and distribution services to manufacturers and retailers in the USA - will be trialling the Tesla Semi Truck in various major cities following delivery in 2019 (or later if that's when the truck actually makes it to market).

The Semi, scheduled for rollout in 2019, is Tesla's next step to move the economy away from fossil fuels through electric cars, solar roofs and power storage. The transportation management leader, known for its futuristic technologies like Resilience360, is one of the first third-party logistics companies to order the trucks.

DHL will use the trucks for shuttle deliveries and same-day customer deliveries.

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"At DHL Supply Chain, we're always thinking beyond today's shipment - whether that be thinking about tomorrow, next month or two years from now when these trucks become available".

The company said it would operate the vehicles in the USA for shuttle and same-day customer deliveries, as well as to test mileage efficiency between DHL operations in major markets across the country.

"DHL Supply Chain also plans to evaluate the trucks' impact on drivers' quality of life and job satisfaction".

Unlike Walmart and J.B. Hunt that announced on November 17 "multiple deposits" at US$5,000 each for the vehicles, DHL Supply Chain says it has "ordered" 10 tractors at a potential cost of US$2 million.

The shortage in drivers is expected to rise from 48,000 in 2015 to nearly 100,000 in 2020, as per the American Trucking Association. "This is a revolutionary approach to trucking, and we want to be a part of it for our customers, for our employees and for our industry".

"Factors like comfort and time on the road play a large role in driver job satisfaction", added Monkmeyer.

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