A preorder of 10 Tesla semi trucks has been placed by major food and drug retailer Albertsons Companies, who says that they are just trying to help save the environment.
Though there is still no specified date, Tesla’s semi trucks are expected to be released sometime in 2019.
Albertsons Companies says that they plan to use the electric semi trucks to service Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilion stores in Southern California, reported Inverse.
The order of 10 Tesla semis will make up only a small percentage of the company’s more than 1,400 trucks, but Vice President of Transportation Tom Nartker says that the company has ordered the trucks as a way to reduce their carbon emissions.
“Advancing supply chain efficiency and sustainability is an important goal for our company,” Nartker said.
“We’re excited to pilot this expansion of our transportation program with trucks that help us limit our overall carbon footprint.”
Albertson Companies’ order of 10 trucks adds to the 30 ordered by Walmart, 50 for Sysco, 40 for J.B. Hunt, 100 for PepsiCo, and 125 for UPS in the last year, all of which say that they have ordered the electric semi trucks as a way to help better the environment and reduce their company’s emissions.
The Tesla Semi is expected to come in two models – the 300-mile model and the 500-mile model. The truck is also expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 20 seconds while hauling 80,000 pounds of cargo. An exact launch date for the big rig has not yet been specified.