Middle Eastern environmental management firm Bee’ah has placed an order for 50 of Tesla’s all-electric Semi trucks.
The announcement was made at the World Future Energy Summit, which is taking place in Abu Dhabi from 15 to 18 January 2018.
The incoming Tesla Semi trucks, which enter production in 2019, will primarily be used for waste collection and transportation, including transportation of materials for recovery.
They will also add to Bee'ah's growing fleet of vehicles, which total over 1,000 today, and continue upgrading the organization's transport options in making the fleet as eco-friendly as possible.
“We are extremely pleased to turn towards Tesla for a solution that enhances our leadership of sustainable practices in the region. As a company that strives to be the best in our field, we only work with partners that we consider to be the best in theirs,” commented His Excellency Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee'ah.
“Through this latest investment, we hope to demonstrate to others the value and importance of seeking out better, more viable ways of achieving our business aims, all for the greater good of our communities.”
The organisation has also made a major investment with Tesla to fit the company's world-leading Powerpack battery technology at Bee'ah's spectacular, state-of-the-art net zero energy headquarter complex, which is currently under construction.
The Tesla batteries will store solar energy to power the building, and any excess electricity generated will be fed directly into Sharjah's main power supply grid, thereby ensuring maximum efficiency.
The use of Tesla Powerpack technology marked a significant step towards Bee'ah's vision of a future where buildings are powered solely by renewable energy - starting with its own headquarters.
Designed by revered British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, the new headquarters is currently under construction in Sharjah, UAE, and will become a platinum LEED certified building upon completion.