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UPS places pre-order for 125 Tesla trucks

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UPS has placed a reservation for 125 Tesla fully-electric trucks. The new semi-tractors will join UPS’s extensive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet.

“For more than a century, UPS has led the industry in testing and implementing new technologies for more efficient fleet operations. We look forward to expanding further our commitment to fleet excellence with Tesla,” said Juan Perez, chief information and engineering officer.

UPS has provided Tesla with real-world UPS trucking lane information as part of the company’s evaluation of the vehicle’s expected performance for the UPS duty cycle.

Tesla claims the truck will cover up to 500 miles range on a single charge with significantly reduced long-term cost of ownership.

Safety features include: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automated lane guidance, and brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire with redundancy.

UPS has established a goal for 25% of the electricity it consumes to come from renewable energy sources by 2025. In addition, by 2020 UPS plans that one in four new vehicles purchased annually will be an alternative fuel or advanced technology vehicle, up from 16% in 2016. The company also set a new goal that by 2025, 40% of all ground fuel will be from sources other than conventional gasoline and diesel.

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