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Shipping Giant Says All Electric Truck Could Offer Big Savings on Maintenance and Fuel

A new all electric truck, to be manufactured by Tesla starting in 2019, has the potential to pay for itself in two years through savings on maintenance and fuel, according to shipping giant DHL. According to a recent article published in the San Jose Business Journal, DHL was among the first to pre-order the Tesla Semi, buying ten of the vehicles in order to see if the savings warrants ultimately replacing its full fleet.

The Tesla Semi will offer two models: a smaller model with a 300-mile range and a starting cost of about $150,000, and a larger, 500-mile range truck with a price tag of about $180,000 and up. Conventional diesel trucks cost about $125,00, the article noted. However, the Tesla trucks are predicted to cost about $1.26 per mile to operate, as compared to traditional trucks, which cost around $1.51 per mile. This could result in tens of thousands of dollars worth of savings, the president of transportation for DHL stated. The savings is expected to come both from savings in fuel, as well as in parts and service.

The truck is anticipated to have the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds without cargo, and 0 to 60 mph in twenty seconds while packing an 80,000 pound trailer, the article noted. Tesla has more than a thousand pre-orders for the truck, with DHL being joined by companies such as PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, Sysco, and United Parcel Service waiting to give it a try.

As bright as the future of electric trucks may be, there are still some obstacles to overcome, the Business Journal reports. One of those obstacles is the lack of charging stations and maintenance stations that can compete with established truck stops that serve traditional trucks.

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