The transport services firm Titanium Transportation Group Inc has put down deposits and pre-ordered 5 units of the recently unveiled all-electric Tesla Semi Truck, which is currently planned for release in 2019.
The company is reportedly expecting that the new investment into the Tesla Semi Trucks will allow it to reduce net operating and maintenance costs to a “significant” extent, and thus to provide a net-savings benefit over the near term with regard to fleet operations.
As a reminder here, the all-electric Tesla Semi Truck will reportedly possess a ~500 mile range on a full charge, a 400-miles-in-30-minutes charging time, a better ability to maintain a high speed when traveling up a high grade than a diesel semi, and a “payback period” for most operators of just a few years time. That means that the offering should prove economical to a fair many operators, even before Tesla rolls out its promised megafast-charging network service system — which will reportedly span the US (and presumably other regions as well).
While some readers may at this point be getting tired of hearing about the newest pre-orders coming in for the Tesla Semi Truck, it seems worth keeping an eye on the process, in my opinion.
Here’s an overview of the reservations taken to date — including the companies involved and the numbers:
Ryder Systems: Unknown Number
JK Moving Services: 4 (+5 More With Sleeping Cabs, When Ordering For Those Begins)
JB Hunt: “Multiple”
Titanium Transportation Group: 5
Total: While no exact figures are available as of yet, some estimates put the number of Tesla Semi Trucks reserved to date at greater than 200.