Tesla is going to unveil its new electric zero emissions semi-truck next month and according to the latest reports the truck will have a driving range between 200-300 miles.
Scott Perry, an executive at Ryder System Inc, a fleet operator in Miami, received news about the driving range during a meeting with Tesla officials. Tesla is targeting a range of 200-300 miles for the semi truck with a regular payload.
“I’m not going to count them out for having a strategy for longer distances or ranges, but right out of the gate I think that’s where they’ll start,” Scott Perry stated.
Reuters reached out to Tesla to see if the reports were true, but Tesla’s team responded in an email, ”Tesla’s policy is to always decline to comment on speculation, whether true or untrue, as doing so would be silly. Silly!”
A semi-truck with only a 200 mile driving range may seem like it’s going to fall short, but according to Sandeep Kar, chief strategy officer of Toronto-based Fleet Complete, 30 percent of trucking jobs in the United States are regional trips that are shorter than 200 miles.