It seems like every day, a new company places an order for Tesla’s new semi trucks. UPS is the latest to jump on board. They’ve placed the largest order to date. UPS has pre-ordered 125 Tesla semis.
UPS joins Walmart, Pepsi and Norwegian grocer ASKO by purchasing a fleet of Tesla semis for their business operations. ASKO purchased 10 Tesla semis. Walmart ordered 15. PepsiCo dwarfed those orders and put in their own order for 100 trucks. UPS decided to up the ante with a pre-order of 125 trucks.
Juan Perez, a spokesperson for UPS, says that Tesla’s semis are well-equipped to serve their company’s customers. Perez says that the semis are fully electric, and they’re better for the environment than the other trucks currently on the market. Perez also says that the Tesla trucks are safer than what else is out there. He also says that ownership costs are less than other models. Perez is the chief of information and engineering at UPS.
If there’s any company that knows logistics, it’s UPS. On an average day, UPS delivers more than 15 million packages. On its busiest day of the year, they deliver more than 20 million packages. UPS has approximately 8,500 vehicles in use at any given time.
UPS’ current fleet relies on ethanol, propane, biomethane and natural gas. UPS officials say that they’re always on the lookout for new and better ways to transport packages for clients. Among other things, they want to test a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in the coming year. They say alternative fuel is the future, and electricity is one of those energies that’s worth pursuing.
UPS says that the Tesla purchase is just the beginning. Officials say that they want to use renewable sources for as much of their electricity consumption as they can. The goal is for the company to get 25 percent of its electricity from clean sources. They want to meet this goal by 2025. They say that Tesla trucks are part of the plan.
The Tesla purchase is just the beginning. They say they want more trucks that don’t use gasoline or diesel. Right now, less than 20 percent of their trucks use alternative energy. They want that number to be closer to 40 percent. They’ve set the goal of making sure that one out of four trucks they purchase has some kind of environmentally-friendly technology.
Tesla says that its semis can go up to 500 miles without needing a charge. They also have special chargers just for the semis. On the Tesla semi models, four motors operate independently to provide power while running clean with low energy costs.
Pre-ordering a Tesla requires a cool deposit of $20,000. To pre-order 125 trucks like UPS did, the downpayment is only $2.5 million. The base price for a model that can go 500 miles between charges is $180,000. There’s a 300-mile-range model available for $150,000. Tesla says that the electric vehicles save more than $200,000 in fuel costs over the lifetime of the truck.
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