Following on news that Walmart, the trucking firm JB Hunt, and the Canada-based grocery chain Loblaw
will all be placing orders and putting down reservations for Tesla’s
newly revealed semi truck, the truck leasing and fleet management firm
Ryder Systems has revealed that it will be doing so as well.
The company “is in the process of
placing its initial order for a fleet of Tesla semi-trucks,” as revealed
by its president of global fleet management solutions, Dennis Cooke, in
an email to The Wall Street Journal.
Importantly, the email didn’t provide
any specifics as regards Ryder’s order size — so it’s not clear whether
the firm is just purchasing one or a few units to try out, or if it’s
putting in a more serious order as Loblaw (25 units) and Walmart (15 units) did.
The Wall Street Journal
provides more: “The Semi is designed to run up to 500 miles on a single
charge, and incorporates Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system, which
the company said could allow big rigs to travel in autonomous convoys
with other of its trucks. The company did not provide a sticker price,
but said the truck would be cheaper to operate than diesel rivals and
could potentially cost less than transport by rail.
“The Semi’s 500-mile
range on a single charge exceeds what some analysts had expected but
could still limit its use on long-haul routes, at least until a
nationwide network of charging stations is built. The battery’s weight
could also be an issue, as heavier trucks can carry less freight.”
With that reality in mind, Tesla’s
unveiling of the new semi truck of course included the news that the
company is now working on the development of a global network of
so-called “megachargers” — which will be able to recharge the semi
trucks with 400 miles of range in just around 30 minutes time, enough to
get something to eat, stretch out, and use the restroom. It should be
noted that some countries require truckers to take such breaks every
couple of hours.
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