UPS said today it has ordered 125 new fully-electric semi trucks from Tesla, part of a move to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from its ground operations by 12 percent by 2025.
“For more than a century, UPS has led the industry in testing and implementing new technologies for more efficient fleet operations,” the company’s chief information and engineering officer, Juan Perez, said in a statement put out by the company. “These groundbreaking electric tractors are poised to usher in a new era in improved safety, reduced environmental impact, and reduced cost of ownership.”
Tesla expects to begin production of the vehicles in 2019 and UPS will be among the first companies to put the vehicles into use. Several big companies with large truck fleets have placed orders for the electric vehicles, including this past week when PepsiCo ordered 100, a week after Anhueser-Busch put in an order for 40. Walmart and Sysco have also placed orders. UPS’s order is the largest that’s been made public so far. UPS operates one of the largest commercial trucking fleets in the world.
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Tesla says its semi tractor can go 500 miles on a single charge.
UPS has also set a goal for 25 percent of the electricity it consumes to come from renewable energy sources by 2025. The company also says that by 2020 one in four new vehicles purchased annually by UPS will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16 percent in 2016. The company also set a new goal that by 2025, 40 percent of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel, an increase from 19.6 percent in 2016.