American giant Walmart ordered 15 Tesla semi trucks. The news comes shortly after Ellen Musk officially introduced the new electric miracle in the automotive industry. At a special ceremony, Tesla Semi and the new Tesla Roadster were shown. The last mentioned picks up from 0 to 100 km. in 1,9 seconds. The empty semi, on its part, accelerates from 0 to 100 in 5 seconds, which is an extremely enviable result even for many new car models.
Walmart says they want to use 10 of the towing trucks in US and 5 in Canada. With over 6,000 trucks in the US alone, obviously new technologies are interesting for the world’s largest retailer. Sources from the company share: “We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions“.
Another retailer – Loblaw in Canada has also ordered 25 semis. The company hopes by the end of 2030 to replace all their vehicles with electric.
What are the characteristics of Tesla Semi?
Acceleration time from 0 to 100 km. with full load capacity – 20 seconds.
Average mileage – 480 to 800 km. with one charge of the battery.
30 min. Supercharger charge – 640 km.
Useful load – 36 tons.
Autopilot tracking strips and distance to surrounding road users.
It’s expected Tesla Semi to hit the roads by the end of 2019. You can preorder the truck with $5000 deposit.
You can see a preview of the premiere in 9 minutes in the video: