DHL Orders 10 Tesla Semis

14 hours ago by Mark Kane 14

Deutsche Post DHL Group plans on being the industry’s driver of electromobility and market leader in green logistics.

Tesla semi orders continue to come in.

DHL Supply Chain joined the growing list of companies tempted by Tesla to at least test the all-electric, long-range trucks in some kind of pilot project.

Tesla Semi

In the case of DHL, 10 Tesla Semis were reserved for tests in U.S. metro cities.

DHL wants to check:

  • shuttle deliveries and same-day customer deliveries
  • mileage efficiency on longer runs from major markets to other DHL operations across the country
  • evaluate the trucks’ impact on drivers’ quality of life and job satisfaction

In total, we count around 200 Tesla Semis reserved to date by summing up official and less official reports. The first is to be delivered in 2019 for Tesla’s own purposes.

“DHL Supply Chain, the Americas’ leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, today announced that it has placed an order for ten Tesla Electric Class 8 Semi Trucks. The transportation management leader, known for its futuristic technologies like Resilience360, is one of the first third-party logistics companies to order the trucks.

DHL Supply Chain will test the trucks, which will be available in 2019, at its customer operations in major U.S. metro cities. The trucks will be used for shuttle deliveries and same-day customer deliveries, and will be tested for mileage efficiency on longer runs from major markets to other DHL operations across the country.”

“DHL Supply Chain also plans to evaluate the trucks’ impact on drivers’ quality of life and job satisfaction. DHL Supply Chain’s 2017 talent gap research report highlights a supply chain talent gap that has the potential to spiral into a talent crisis. And according to the American Trucking Association, the shortage in drivers could double from 48,000 in 2015 to almost 100,000 in 2020.”

In Germany, Deutsche Post DHL already uses 5,000 StreetScooter electric vans and some 10,500 e-bikes and e-trikes.

Jim Monkmeyer, President of Transportation at DHL Supply Chain North America said:

“At DHL Supply Chain, we’re always thinking beyond today’s shipment – whether that be thinking about tomorrow, next month or two years from now when these trucks become available. This is a revolutionary approach to trucking, and we want to be a part of it for our customers, for our employees and for our industry.”

“Factors like comfort and time on the road play a large role in driver job satisfaction. While we always try to optimize transportation routes to allow our drivers to be home same-day, we’re also excited about the potential to bring our drivers the comfort and safety benefits that the Tesla Class 8 truck could offer.”

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14 responses to "DHL Orders 10 Tesla Semis"

  1. SJC says:

    The Tesla semis will work fine, we just need some longer term pack capacity data.

  2. Five Electrics says:

    200 Tesla semis is peanuts. Many other truck manufacturers have battery powered and hydrogen powered prototypes; truckers might be adopting a wait-and-see approach. Further, if battery costs continue to decline rapidly, it may actually be cheaper in the long term to delay truck purchases by a year or two rather than jump in too hastily. Transportation companies are a sophisticated bunch, I don’t worry that they’ll make the wrong choice.

    1. Chacama says:

      Peanuts for the potential market but how many of those manufacturers have readily available access and experience to both battery production and mega-charging stations?

  3. God/Bacardi says:

    Anyone know what the class 8 semi lease vs purchase ratio is? Saw someone on the trucker forums state they believes over 2/3rds lease…No source…

  4. Ron M says:

    190,000 semi’s a year are sold in the US a year so selling 4,500 Tesla semi’s would be 5%.

  5. ffbj says:

    There is unquestionable advantage to the Tesla truck if they are able to be produce it in a timely manner, and the numbers they are putting out are real. Plus they have to build a charging network.
    Just the no-jackknifing alone would save trucking companies millions, and that is just one aspect of the truck that is revolutionary.

    1. Ron M says:

      I don’t see building the charging network a big hurdle Tesla will build out network based on customer’s orders and needs and will work with solar and wind farms Plus there solar and batteries to provide power.
      Look at how many new charging units have been installed this year.

  6. John says:

    I want an RV version.
    I’ll take it in black.

    1. Chacama says:

      +1. That’ll be my first and only RV.

  7. EVer says:

    There are 3.7 million class 8 trucks in the U.S. and all of them blowing diesel soot and fouling air all over the place. 400 ET(electric truck) orders ain’t much but it’s a start.

    The news is we are actually trying to replace dirty diesels.

  8. SJC says:

    If they want cargo fast and cheap use the Hyperloop One.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Hmm, I’m not so sure about “cheap”. Do bullet trains carry freight? I don’t think so, and Hyperloop will likely be even more expensive, possibly comparable to airline travel. Of course there is air freight, but does it make sense to ship car parts in bulk by air freight? I don’t think so.

      1. SJC says:

        Sure it does, the energy savings make it very attractive, the massive throughput makes it even more so.

        Don’t compare bullet trains to Hyperloop, bullet trains take LOTS of energy.

  9. Bunny says:

    You’d be surprised how much weekly just in time airfreight of component parts including automotive parts are shipped into the United States. You’d think shipping higher volumes in containers would be cheaper but that’s not how supply chain inventories are managed by a lot of US companies. Airfreight rates on non US airlines shipping into the US can be surprisingly cheap. We have accounts we consolidate airfreight coming into Ohare and still hual 1,200 miles south weekly to it’s ultimate destination. Just in time manufacturing uses huge amount of airfreight.

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