Tesla scores another truck customer

Food and drug retailer commits to ten Tesla prime movers

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Tesla, despite reportedly having some cash flow issues and a PR hiccup or two with founder Elon Musk, looks to be making progress on their truck.

The truck, which looks set for an official launch in 2019, has been seen out on test on roads around San Francisco, including crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (as seen in the video below).

Now there’s news that another major fleet operator has agreed to add the Tesla truck to its line-up.

Albertsons Companies has signed up for 10 Tesla trucks, they’ll be used to help shift stock and supplies between its retail drug and food outlets in Southern California.

The 10 trucks join an Albertsons Companies fleet of over 1,400 trucks.

Tom Nartker, vice president for transportation, said in a statement that “advancing supply chain efficiency and sustainability is an important goal for our company.

“We’re excited to pilot this expansion of our transportation program with trucks that help us limit our overall carbon footprint.”

The new order for Tesla trucks comes after commitments from UPS, FedEx, PepsiCo, J.B. Hunt, Sysco, Anheuser-Busch and Walmart, among others.

Set to be priced from $150,000 USD (300-mile variant) and $180,000 USD (500-mile model) there’s no official word yet on the fully-electric truck coming to Australia.

The Tesla truck spotted out on a test drive:

We’ll keep you updated as further info on the new Tesla offering comes to hand.

Meantime, arch-rivals, Nikola Motor Company recently confirmed it had raised an additional $210 million USD in private backing and was pushing ahead with its hydrogen-powered truck.

They say they already have$12 billion USD in pre-orders for that product.

Again, no confirmation at this stage that we will see that offering here, though we will keep you updated.

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About Joel Helmes 1836 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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