FedEx will take on 20 of Tesla’s Semi trucks when production begins in 2019, to be operated by its FedEx Freight unit
FedEx has announced that it has placed a reservation for 20 of Tesla Semi trucks. The fully-electric trucks, which are scheduled to begin production in 2019, will be operated by FedEx Freight, the company’s “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.”
FedEx joins companies including PepsiCo, Walmart and Anheuser-Busch in the US, AKSO and Norway Post in Norway and even Bee’ah in the Middle East, all of which have ordered models for their respective fleets, taking pre-orders to in excess of 400.
Alongside the truck itself, CEO Elon Musk promised a network of so-called “Megachargers” capable of refuelling those Semis in around 30 minutes – think a Supercharger, but bigger. Details of this infrastructure have been scarce, but Reuters reported in January that the company may be in talks with some of its customers to install these systems at their facilities.
According to the news service, Tesla is “collaborating with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and United Parcel Service Inc to build on-site charging terminals”. Not much else is known, but the companies have confirmed that Tesla would undertake the design and engineering. It is not clear whether Tesla would be paid to install these sites, or what the costs might be.