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Walmart and J.B. Hunt to test Tesla

LOWELL, AR: November 17, 2017. U.S. logistics company J.B. Hunt Transport Services has made multiple reservations at US$5,000 each for new Tesla 'Semi' electric tractors that will be available from 2019, according to the manufacturer.

Tesla semiWalmart has also announced it has put down deposits for testing 15 Tesla tractors in the U.S. and Canada.

J.B. Hunt said it plans to use the electric tractors for its intermodal and contract trucking services on the U.S. West Coast. The company currently operates over 900 trucks for final mile delivery from 114 facilities across America.

"Reserving Tesla trucks marks an important step in our efforts to implement industry-changing technology," said president and CEO John Roberts. "We believe electric trucks will be most beneficial on local and dray routes, and we look forward to utilizing this new, sustainable technology."

In April, J.B. Hunt announced a five-year, US$500 million commitment to enhancing operating systems, developing cloud infrastructure, and creating innovative and disruptive technologies for "an evolving supply chain".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the new electric-powered tractor would accelerate from 0-60 mph with an 80,000 lbs. load; be able to travel 65 mph up a five percent incline; have a range of 300 or 500 miles on a single charge; consume less than 2 kWh per mile to produce fuel savings of US$200,000; and pay for itself in two years compared to a new diesel-powered truck.

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