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Another LTL Road Haulage Outfit Opts to Try the Forthcoming Tesla Semi Truck

Order for 20 Units Adds to a Growing 2019 Order Book US – FedEx[1] has become the latest firm with road haulage interests to announce an order for Tesla’s[2] Semi truck, placing a reservation for 20 of the highly anticipated fully electric trucks[3] which are scheduled to begin production in 2019. The vehicles will be operated by the parcel giant’s less-than-truckload unit, FedEx Freight and will replace the diesel trucks in its fleet. FedEx Freight President and CEO Mike Ducker, said:

“FedEx has a long history of innovation and incorporating sustainability efforts throughout its global network.

Our investment in these trucks is part of our commitment to improving road safety while also reducing our environmental impact.” Tesla says its new big rig will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport. Its advanced technologies, such as surround cameras and on board sensors, help to aid object detection while also enabling Enhanced Autopilot for automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping, and lane departure warning.

The company also claims electric energy cost savings that will halve diesel fuel bills. Since 2008, FedEx says it has saved more than 158 million gallons of vehicle fuel by replacing vehicles with more efficient models and making greater use of electric vehicles, fuel cells, natural gas, hybrids and clean truck technologies. Companies that have placed orders for the Tesla Semi include UPS, Pepsico, Walmart, DHL, Sysco, Ryder System, and JB Hunt, to name a few.

The largest order to date was place by FedEx competitor UPS which reserved 125 of the innovative trucks in December last year.

Another LTL Road Haulage Outfit Opts to Try the Forthcoming Tesla Semi TruckAnother LTL Road Haulage Outfit Opts to Try the Forthcoming Tesla Semi Truck

References

  1. ^ FedEx (www.fedex.com)
  2. ^ Tesla’s (www.tesla.com)
  3. ^ fully electric trucks (www.handyshippingguide.com)



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