Retailer Walmart is already in line to test Tesla’s new electric trucks as part of its running production.
According to a report by CNBC, Walmart has already preordered 15 of the trucks. The new vehicles have a 500-mile range on a single charge and reportedly allow drivers to stand in the cab. Drivers will then be assisted by two touchscreen panels either side of the steering wheel, which can be moved to the center of the cabin. The left controls vehicle functions and settings related to the trunk and the other pertains to navigation and radio controls. The new semitractor-trailers come at a time when CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, is reportedly looking to boost the future of the company.
According to Musk, the new electric semi-truck will save operators thousands of dollars, with cost-per-mile about 25 cents cheaper than a standard diesel truck. With a fleet of around 6,000 trucks for Walmart, production is said to take place in 2019 despite Tesla falling behind on production of three of its mass-market vehicles.
A Walmart spokesperson made a statement to CNBC in response to the news: “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.”
Walmart also announced a lucrative partnership with luxury department store Lord and Taylor.
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