Walmart to Begin Testing Tesla Electric Semis

by | Jun 6, 2018 | NEWS

When Elon Musk unveiled the new electric tractor-trailer trucks Tesla now has available for pre-order, several companies jumped onboard to be among the first to test them – Walmart at the front of the line.

While the trucks won’t start production until 2019, Tesla claims the electric trucks will save companies $200,000 or more for every million miles in fuel costs alone.

And saving on fuel costs won’t interfere with performance. In testing, the semis without trailers achieved 0-60 mph in 5 seconds, compared to a traditional diesel which averages 0-60 in 15 seconds. The new trucks also break better and are more responsive.

The trucks will be built with safety and driver comfort and convenience in mind. According to the press release, the design includes “unobstructed stairs for easier entry and exit, full standing room inside, and a centered driver position for optimal visibility. Two touchscreen displays positioned symmetrically on both sides of the driver provide easy access to navigation, blind spot monitoring and electronic data logging.

Built-in connectivity integrates directly with a fleet’s management system to support routing and scheduling, and remote monitoring.”

The vehicles come equipped with numerous safety features, impact resistant glass, censors to prevent jackknifing, cameras to minimize blind spots, enhanced autopilot features, and emergency automatic breaking.

Walmart pre-ordered fifteen of the vehicles when they were announced back in November, and they plan to test them in the U.S. and Canada. They have not yet commented on when that testing will take place.

Other companies have pre-ordered the trucks as well, including J.B. Hunt transport, Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, UPS, Fed Ex, and Meijer.

While production is still a year away, the trucks have been spotted on American highways, presumably in a testing phase.