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FedEx Orders 20 Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

FedEx is adding itself to the increasingly long list of companies ordering Tesla Semi electric trucks in order to replace their diesel trucks in their ‘FedEx Freight’ fleet.

Mike Ducker, CEO and President of FedEx Freight, made the announcement a few days ago:

“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.
While it’s a significant order for Tesla Semi, it’s a smaller order than FedEx’s major competitor UPS placed with Tesla.

Last year, UPS ordered 125 electric trucks from Tesla. It was the biggest order publicly confirmed for Tesla Semi.

A lot of other companies have reserved the Tesla trucks too. PepsiCo ordered 100, Anheuser-Busch ordered 40, Walmart ordered 15, DHL ordered 10 and Loblaws, a Canadian grocery chain, has ordered 15.

According to Tesla, the new big rig will be safer and produce significantly less carbon footprint than their non-EV counterparts. The Semi has onboard sensors and cameras to help avoid traffic accidents, and there’s also the option for Enhanced Autopilot, which promises features such as automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping, and lane departure warning.

The Semi has a recharge rate of 400 miles in 30 minutes via Tesla’s new Megachargers, and will be able to travel up to 500 miles between stops.

The trucks are set to deploy in the year 2019.

Source: Eletrek.co

 

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