Sysco Corporation, the leading multinational company which is involved in foodservice distribution, announced yesterday at its Investor Day in New York, that the Company has placed a reservation for 50 of Tesla’s new fully-electric Semi tractors.
Sysco beat them Budweiser’s parent company 40 truck order with 10 more Tesla Semi trucks on the same day. This is Tesla’s biggest reported orders of trucks.
Sysco’s president and chief operating officer, Tom Bené said the company is excited to use alternative-fuel trucks.
“We are excited to begin the process of incorporating alternative-fuel trucks into our fleet”– he said.
“In addition to the positive environmental impacts, we will also benefit from reduced fuel and maintenance costs and drive associate enthusiasm with the introduction of new and unique technology,”– he added.
“This reinforces Sysco’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by reducing the environmental impact of our operations. In addition to the positive environmental impacts, we will also benefit from reduced fuel and maintenance costs and drive associate enthusiasm with the introduction of new and unique technology.”
Due to the lower average haul, analysts have called the food distribution industry a natural fit for the electric truck concept.Currently, Sysco utilizes about 7.5K trucks to make deliveries to over 425K customers.
With over 65,000 employees, the company operates approximately 300 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 500,000 customer locations.
Tesla’s electric semi trucks can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge and will the reduce the cost of cargo transport. Tesla will begin the production in 2019.
The cost of 300-mile and 500-mile range versions will be $150,000 and $180,000 respectively and Tesla is also planning to “Founders Series” truck for $ 200,000.