Tesla Aids in Building Charging Stations for Semis
Nine big companies are doubtful of Tesla’s new semi truck, which the automaker plans to create sometime in 2019. Given the issues with the production timeframe for the Model 3, the doubts are not misplaced. At any rate, Tesla is working on creating on-site charging ports for semi customers.
Tesla has confirmed that it is collaborating with customers to create Semi charging stations. Customers have also confirmed the trucks would only go through mapped routes that would take them back to designated home stations before batteries run out. As far as the cost, it is still unclear as to how much Tesla would cover, or if none at all.
PepsiCo mentioned that they may share costs and facilities with other interested companies. It has already pre-ordered 100 trucks as charging stations last year.
Wal-Mart, Sysco Corp. and J.B. Hunt. Loblaw Companies, and UPS are some of the customers who pre-ordered 25 Semi trucks and will most probably use solar power at its charging stations. Beer company Anheuser-Busch, on the other hand, has ordered 40 semis that they will be putting at large breweries and other locations.
There’s still not enough data as to how much every charging station would cost. As per a 2016 report from the California Air Resources Board, it can reach up to $249,000 for a fast charger that addresses the needs of six electric buses. There are still plenty other factors, which is why things are still up in the air.
Tesla explains that the truck can move about up to 500 miles on a single charge with a max weight moving at 60 mph.