The Tesla Semi could substantially reshape the trucking industry as witnessed by the 50 preorders from Sysco, in addition to preorders from other big players including Anheiser-Busch, Wal-Mart, and J.B. Hunt.
In its announcement, Sysco reiterates Tesla’s claims that the Semi will deliver a better experience for drivers while reducing maintenance and fuel costs, on top of environmental benefits.
As a food distributor, Sysco’s operation may be particularly friendly to incorporating the electric trucks, which will have a shorter range and longer refueling times than diesel-powered trucks. They will likely be well-suited to shorter trips between distribution centers and Sysco’s customers, such as restaurants, stadiums, universities and hotels. In addition to greenhouse gas impacts, switching urban deliveries to an electric platform could improve air quality in cities.
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