Tesla is now taking Semi pre-orders from some European countries, as Norwegian food distribution company Asko has ordered 10 of the electric semi-trucks, Electrek reports.
Asko has already integrated a European electric truck into its fleet, but the company believes Tesla's Semi has more advanced features.
“We have an electric truck today from a Dutch company, which we have had for almost two years," CEO Tore Bekken told E24, Electrek first reported. "So, we think that Tesla is the one who has come the furthest with the technology so far. Therefore, we choose to book ten trucks from them.”
While some had doubts about Tesla's ability to break into the trucking industry before it introduced the Semi, early orders indicate Tesla may beat expectations.
The electric trucks have impressive features, including a 500-mile range per charge and the ability to travel 400 miles on a 30-minute charge, impact resistant glass, an innovative cabin design, and the ability to go from 0-60 mph in five seconds without any cargo and in 20 seconds while carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo. But Tesla will ultimately be judged on the number of clients who buy and use the trucks over the long term.
These are the companies who have placed orders for the Tesla Semi so far:
- Walmart: One of the first major companies to reserve the trucks, the retailer has made aggressive investments in technology in recent years as part of its effort to compete with Amazon.
- Pepsi: Pepsi previously had the largest Semi order, reserving 100 trucks in December.
- Anheuser-Busch: The brewer announced it ordered 40 Semis in December.
- Sysco: The food distributor has reserved 50 Semis.
- UPS: The delivery company placed the largest Semi order to date, reserving 125 trucks on Tuesday.
- DHL: The transportation and logistics company has reserved 10 Semis to add to its fleet.
- Meijer: Based in Michigan, the grocery chain has ordered four of the electric trucks.
- Ryder: The transportation company reserved an unspecified number of Semis in November.
- J.B. Hunt: The trucking company is set to purchase "multiple" Semis, but hasn't revealed the exact number.
- Asko: The Norwegian food distribution company has ordered 10 Semis.
- Flexport: Ryan Peterson, the freight company's CEO, announced the company has ordered one Semi.
- JK Moving: The independent moving company has reserved four Semis.
- Loblaw: After ordering 25 Semis, the Canadian supermarket chain announced plans to make its trucking fleet 100% electric by 2030.
- Fercam: Based in Italy, the trucking company has reserved a single Semi.
- Girteka Logistics: Not to be outdone by Fercam, the European transportation company also announced its plans to invest in one of Tesla's electric trucks.
- Fortigo Freight Services: The Canadian logistics company reserved one Semi.
- Best Transportation: The shipping company also ordered one Semi.
- Mecca & Son Trucking: According to Jalopnik, this trucking company has reserved one Semi.