Wal-Mart Joins Retailers Planning To Try Out Tesla Truck
by Dana Hull and Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg
Posted: 2017-11-27 16:15:13 EST

Customers are starting to place orders for Tesla Inc.’s new all-electric Semitruck, with retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. preordering for both its U.S. and Canadian units.

“We have a long history of testing new technology -- including alternative-fuel trucks -- and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle,” Wal-Mart spokesman Kory Lundberg said in an email. “We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions.”

While electric passenger cars get all the buzz, the move to electrify big rigs has been moving swiftly under the radar, given their high emissions profiles and hefty fuel costs. Adding autonomous features on top of electrification can also help operators save on labor costs, a major upheaval for a commercial trucking industry that’s gone virtually unchanged for decades.

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