Two months ago, there were reports about Tesla Semi sales as it skyrocketed just a few weeks after being launched in the United States. Huge companies like J.B. Hunt, Walmart, Loblaws and Meijer had placed their reservations on the all-electric truck, as well as some other international companies. Also, the largest reservation that has been made was for 125 units (by none other than UPS).
Furthermore, Tesla received a total of around 140 pre-orders from the companies that ordered from them. And now, that number has probably doubled or tripled. The electric car maker promises to begin deliveries for the first batch of orders starting in late 2019.
Other companies that made reservations late last year include Sysco, DHL Supply Chain, Mecca & Son Trucking, Fercam, European based Girteka Logistics, Ryder and some others.
Naturally, because of that success, Tesla decided to open reservations for the Semi in at least three countries in Europe including the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK. For the first customers who made reservations, such as Norwegian company Asko, which booked 10 units, it did not take them too long to wait. But they wanted to know more about the truck before they push through with their orders.
For European buyers, they will have to wait a little later before deliveries begin as it will likely start in the beginning of the next decade. And we do not know yet whether the Semi will need a special adaptation for European regulations.
Customers will be given two battery choices when buying the Tesla Semi, one with a range of 300 miles, and one with a larger battery that can do 500 miles. Prices for the Tesla Semi range from £110,000 to £140,000, depending on the version you get.
The Tesla Semi is the very first all-electric heavy duty truck worldwide, which is the reason why it is getting so much hype and attention from massive companies around the world.
This project was led by Jerome Guillen, who was once an executive of the Daimler, where he successfully led the development of the Cascadia truck program. Aside from the impressive range achieved on a single charge with a full load, it is definitely friendlier to the environment too - another reason why companies like Budweiser are looking into this.
With all the orders lined up for the Tesla Semi, the automaker needs to be very organized when it comes to production, to be able to deliver to everyone on time. Especially now that they have to build a US-spec and a European-spec models of the all-electric truck. Will they be able to cope with the growing number of orders? We have yet to find out.