Some of the big freight haulers want some tryout time with the new upcoming Tesla semi-truck.
The orders are just starting to trickle in with UPS ordering 125, PepsiCo 100, Budweiser 40, Sysco 50 and Walmart 15.
Of course that's just peanuts compared to the 940,000 heavy-duty trucks that are sold around the world each year, but the Tesla truck won't even be available until 2019 at the earliest.
It's a strong start for a new entry in the semi market and proves that major freight operators are serious about cutting costs without giving up on performance.
The Tesla Semi is said to be the safest, most comfortable truck ever, with 4 independent motors providing maximum power and acceleration. The enhanced, Autopilot helps avoid collisions, a centered driver position provides maximum visibility and control and a low centre of gravity offers rollover protection.
It is expected to reach 60miles /100km with an 80,000 pound load in 20 seconds, and can maintain this speed up a 5% grade - quicker than any other semi.
Depending on the model, the Tesla semi will have a range of 300mi/480km or 500mi/800km with an energy consumption less than 2 kWh per mile with an annual fuel saving of over $200,000, and a 2 year payback period.
Sounds pretty impressive to me. What are your thoughts?