DHL banking on Tesla
Four motors, 800 kilometres, 640-kilometre range charged in 30 minutes — the new e-truck from Tesla sounds promising and could become serious competition for Daimler. Deutsche Post has now announced that its US logistics subsidiary, DHL Supply Chain, intends to order ten e-trucks.
Tesla boss Elon Musk is expecting a down-payment of 20,000 dollars per truck, and the total cost of each one is to be between 150,000 and 200,000 depending on the version. Industry analysts Bloomberg New Energy calculate 100,000 dollars for the battery alone. Daimler, too, have recently presented an e-truck. The company dominates the truck market and has a market share in the USA of 39 percent of semitrailers sold annually, but its position is under attack not only from Tesla, especially when it comes to electromobility. The Chinese manufacturer BYD is already offering three different weight classes of electric trucks, and MAN, too, is investing millions into electromobility.
400 reservations already
Tesla have already taken 400 reservations for their truck. Besides DHL, the supermarket chain Walmart, the brewery Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo are all in the queue. Interesting background: Deutsche Post itself has already made a name for itself with smaller, electrically powered transport vehicles. The company makes its StreetScooter itself. More than 5,000 are already in operation in Germany, and other companies are now placing orders.