Walmart Canada is more than tripling its reservations of 18-wheeler Tesla Semi trucks.
Walmart Canada is reserving a total of 130 Tesla Semi trucks, making it one of the largest reservations of electrified trucks in the country. The move comes on the heels of Walmart Canada announcing a major $3.5 billion investment over the next five years aimed to generate significant growth in the business and is aligned with Walmart’s global goal to target zero emissions by 2040 announced at Climate Week earlier this month
Walmart Canada is committed to converting 20 per cent of Walmart’s fleet to electric power by the end of 2022. It is part of its broader goal to power its fleet using 100 per cent alternative power by 2028.
“Tripling our reservation of Tesla Semi trucks is part of our ongoing effort to innovate the business and prioritize sustainability,” said John Bayliss, Senior Vice-president, Logistics and Supply Chain, Walmart Canada.
According to Tesla, the Semi will deliver increase safety and significantly reduce the cost of cargo transport. “We are tremendously excited to equip our drivers with this next generation equipment. The safety and smart elements in the design are at the heart of our smart transportation ambition which will use technology and data to lower our operating costs and improve safety for associates,” said Francis Lalonde, Vice President, Transportation, Walmart Canada.
- Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile at Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and highway speed.
- 805 km range allows a driver to go to their destination and back without recharging
- Capable of 0-100 km/h in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load
- Can climb 5 per cent grades at a steady 105km/h
- Regenerative braking technology recovers 98 per cent of kinetic energy to the battery
- Surrounding vehicle cameras and sensors aid object detection and minimize blind spots
- Additional driver safety features including Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning
- The ability to travel 805 km per charge is in line with Walmart Canada’s general fleet system