UPS orders 125 Tesla electric trucks

Updated 2017-12-20 12:41:05 Xinhua

UPS said Tuesday it has ordered 125 all-electric Tesla Semi trucks, as the shipping giant tries to cut emission and cost.

"These groundbreaking electric tractors are poised to usher in a new era in improved safety, reduced environmental impact, and reduced cost of ownership," Juan Perez, chief information and engineering officer with UPS, said in a statement.

The order surpasses the order of 100 vehicles from PepsiCo last week to be the biggest one made so far since Semi's debut on Nov. 16.

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk promised the battery-powered truck would hit the road in 2019. The Semi is capable of traveling 500 miles (804 kilometers) on one charge and will cost less than a diesel Semi because of fuel savings and lower maintenance costs, according to Musk.

Last month, German logistics company DHL reserved 10 trucks. Fleet operator J.B. Hunt and retailer giant Walmart have also said they would buy Tesla Semi.

Tesla now has at least 410 Semi reservations in hand, according to data from Reuters.

Founded in 2003, Tesla has been producing cutting-edge electric vehicles to the world.

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