FedEx has joined a number of its industry peers by placing an order for Tesla’s new electric Semi trucks.
The company confirmed it had placed a reservation for 20 Tesla Semi trucks, which are scheduled to begin production in 2019.
The vehicles will be operated by FedEx Freight, its less-than-truckload unit.
“FedEx has a long history of innovation and incorporating sustainability efforts throughout its global network,” said FedEx Freight president and CEO Mike Ducker. “Our investment in these trucks is part of our commitment to improving road safety while also reducing our environmental impact.”
Tesla says its new big rig will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport.
Its advanced technologies, such as surround cameras and onboard sensors, help to aid object detection while also enabling Enhanced Autopilot for automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping, and lane departure warning.
The company also touts electric energy cost savings that are half that of diesel.
Elon Musk has said he expects Tesla to sell 100,000 or more of its electric trucks – dubbed the ‘Semi’ or S-Curve’ – by 2022.
Tesla announced the electric truck late last year and has already won orders from the likes of UPS, PepsiCo, Anheuser Busch, J.B. Hunt, and Walmart.