Although the Tesla Semi Truck was only announced a few days ago, many major store chains have already placed orders for trucks. The world’s largest retailer, Walmart has put in orders for Tesla Semi trucks of their own, along with many other large retailers.
Walmart has ordered a total of 15 trucks, 10 for Walmart Canada and 5 for the US. In a statement, a company representative said, “We have a long history of testing new technology – including alternative-fuel trucks – and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle.” Canadian grocery chain Loblaws has ordered 25 of the Tesla Semi Trucks as well, adding to their existing fleet of at least on electric semi from BYD, Fortune 500 transportation company JB Hunt has ordered 40 of the Tesla Semis, and other companies have also announced that they have made orders of unknown size.
This means that within just a few days Tesla has gotten a decent amount of preorders for their very first forray into the heavy duty vehicle market and each one of those preorders requires the company put down $20,000 for a vehicle that won’t be delivered until at least 2019. That is good news for a company like Tesla who is burning through cash like it is going out of style, only recently having their second profitable quarter in their 14 year history.
Not only will the Tesla Semi Truck be better for the environment and perform better than diesel trucks, but Tesla promises that it will save operators $0.20 per mile driven, which equals $200,000 for every million miles driven. That means a company like Walmart, who operates hundreds of trucks, can stand to save a lot of money in the long run, all while saving the air from a whole lot of greenhouse gasses and other pollutants.