UPS has pre-ordered 125 of Tesla’s new all-electric Semi trucks, which were unveiled last month and are planned for production in 2019.
Semis are battery-powered semi-trailer trucks that, according to Tesla, will be able to travel between 300 and 500 miles, depending on the model and battery charge.
They will be semi-autonomous, equipped with Tesla Autopilot hardware for automatic lane keeping, cruise control and self-parking, and will use solar-powered charging stations.
The trucks cost from $150,000, with an additional $20,000 per piece in reservation fees. The operating costs of the Tesla Semi are expected to be well below that of existing diesel trucks.
UPS’ order is the biggest yet, following Pepsi’s order of 100 last week. Other buyers include Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, Meijer and JB Hunt.