Since Elon Musk revealed the Tesla Semi a couple of weeks ago, the automaker began receiving a number of pre-orders of the all-electric truck. Many of these orders come from large American companies including J.B. Hunt, Walmart, Loblaws and Meijer. According to Reuters, the all-electric automaker has already collected a total of 116 reservations, and orders continue to increase daily.
And as of the other day, there were already 140 pre-orders from 11 different companies, according to Jalopnik. Other companies that are part of the list of include Italian company Fercam, European based Girteka Logistics, Ryder, DHL Supply Chain, Fortigo Freight Services, Mecca & Son Trucking, Flexport.com and some others.
Anheuser-Busch had just pre-ordered the most number of Tesla Semis to date. If our sources are correct, they pre-ordered at least 40 units of the all-electric trucks, which they will use for the transport of goods such as those from Budweiser.
The next company in line when it comes to the most pre-ordered vehicles would be J.B. Hunt, which apparently also reserved 40 electric haulers. The rest of the companies listed have orders ranging from one to 25 units.
James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch, said that they are constantly looking for ways to make their supply chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative. By reserving these trucks, not only are they going to improve road safety while lowering the environmental impact by reducing fuel costs and vehicle emissions by 2025, but this is also a way for them to achieve their goals.
Budweiser is not the first brewery that is looking into going green. Even before, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has already been using solar power and Tesla Powerpacks. We expect that there will be a growing list of electric semi adopters in the near future.
Oh, and this just in. Just after saying that Anheuser-Busch has the most number of reservations, we just found out that Sysco, the world’s largest food distribution network, pre-ordered another 50 units of the electric truck. Therefore, Tesla has received almost 200 reservations.
The electric automaker plans to begin the production of the Tesla Semi in 2019, and as early as now, they need to prepare to build a mass amount of trucks with their growing list of reservations. Will they be able to cope with this? The entry level truck with 300 miles of range has a starting price of $150,000, while the one with a 500-mile range starts at $180,000.