DHL Supply Chain that is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group in the Americas, has placed an order for ten Tesla Semi. It plans to test the trucks at its customer operations in major U.S. cities from 2019.
Large trucks may be the last area in which Deutsche Post DHL is not (yet) building its own electric vehicles such as the StreetScooter in Germany. And thus, DHL Supply Chain, that leads contract logistics in the Americas as part of DPDHL has turned to Tesla and ordered ten Semi electric trucks.
Their arrival is scheduled for 2019, that is if Elon Musk can keep his ambitious production promise. Once DHL Supply Chain receives them though, the zero emission trucks will be used for shuttle deliveries and same-day customer deliveries. The test-run shall reveal their mileage efficiency on longer runs from major markets to other DHL operations across the States.
DHL Supply Chain also plans to see how the new vehicles may impact the drivers’ quality of life and job satisfaction. DHL Supply Chain’s 2017 talent gap research report highlights a talent gap that could spiral into a talent crisis. According to the American Trucking Association, the shortage in drivers could double from 48,000 in 2015 to almost 100,000 in 2020. With the Semi’s interior offering drivers’ comfort hitherto unseen it may indeed make a difference.