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Published on April 12th, 2018 | by James Ayre


TCI Transportation Orders 50 Tesla Semi Trucks

April 12th, 2018 by  

The Phoenix-based heavy-duty truck leasing firm TCI Transportation has placed a pre-order for 50 Tesla Semi trucks, TCI Transportation has revealed.

The Arizona-based company revealed the pre-orders for the Tesla Semi via a colorful tweet, which is worth highlighting here since it gives us a rather detailed exposure of the all-electric offering in broad daylight.

Here’s the tweet in question:

While not quite as substantial as the orders placed by PepsiCo, Sysco, UPS, and a few others, the order is a very notable one. It’s particularly worth noting that TCI Transportation apparently leases a fleet of over 2,000 vehicles — so the Tesla Semi Trucks will represent a fairly significant part of the company’s fleet.

The Tesla Motors Club blog provides more on that: “TCI provides specialized equipment, drivers, management and the ‘latest cost-effective technology on the market today.’ Headquartered in Phoenix, TCI’s vehicle fleet totals more than 2,000 trucks, tractors and trailers.

“Tesla plans to offer 300-mile and 500-mile range versions priced between $150,000 and $180,000. A ‘Founders Series’ version is offered for $200,000. TCI’s order, worth between $7.5 million and $9 million, is one of the largest publicly announced orders to date.”

Certainly, it’s a pre-order worth taking note of. While on the subject, I’ll also point out here that the coverage just above notes that the UAE-based waste management firm Bee’ah has placed an order for 50 Tesla Semi Trucks as well, something that I hadn’t been aware of. That pre-order is perhaps a bit more interesting to me. I have to really wonder how exactly those trucks will be utilized.

As a reminder, current plans call for the Tesla Semi to enter production in 2019 … perhaps at the same time as the Model Y?



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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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