TCI Transportation places pre-order for 50 Tesla Semi electric trucks
In a recent Twitter post, Phoenix, Arizona-based heavy-duty truck leasing company TCI Transportation has confirmed that it has placed a pre-order for 50 units of the Tesla Semi all-electric trucks. Earlier, EV Bulletin reported TCI Transportation order for Tesla’s electric semi-truck. In announcing its order for Tesla Semi trucks, TCI Transportation has also used the tweet for showing the all-electric truck in detail in broad daylight.
The order of 50 Tesla Semi trucks by TCI Transportation is a notable order, even though it is comparatively much smaller than the Tesla Semi orders placed by some of the other companies, including PepsiCo, UPS, and Sysco. However, this first step taken by a transportation company has the potential to bring a change among logistics and transportation companies regarding electric vehicles.
With Tesla having revealed that its Semi electric trucks will be priced between $150,000 and $180,000 for the 300-mile version and the 500-mile version respectively, the value of the 50-truck order placed by TCI transportation will be in the range of $7.5 million to $9 million.
As a result of the TCI Transportation order, Tesla Semi electric trucks will apparently account for a considerable section of the fleet of trucks leased by the company because it presently has more than 2,000 trucks, trailers and tractors available for lease.
With regard to the significance of TCI Transportation’s 50-truck order and its massive fleet of vehicles for lease, a recent post on the Tesla Motors Club blog read as follows: “TCI provides specialized equipment, drivers, management and the latest cost-effective technology on the market today.”
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