FedEx on Monday confirmed the company has placed a reservation for 20 Tesla Semi trucks. Those trucks are slated for operation in FedEx Freight’s less-than-truckload unit.
FedEx is now part of a group of fleets that includes rival UPS, PepsiCo, Anheuser Busch, J.B. Hunt, Walmart, Ruan Transportation Management and others that have reserved the all-electric rigs. Late last year, UPS placed an order for 125 Tesla Semis, while PepsiCo reserved 100 and Anheuser Busch reserved 40.
Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told analysts he expects to sell 100,000 units or more annually by 2022.
Tesla to date has not confirmed total truck orders.
FedEx Freight president and CEO Mike Ducker says the company’s investment in the Tesla trucks is part of its “commitment to improving road safety while also reducing our environmental impact.”
Tesla claims its new big rig, which is scheduled for production next year, will deliver a better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and reducing the cost of cargo transport.