J.B. Hunt, Wal-Mart Reserve Tesla Electric Big Rig

J.B. Hunt Transport Services announced it has reserved “multiple” Tesla big rigs after the battery-powered electric truck was unveiled Thursday (Nov. 16), but many questions remain such as battery longevity and the decision of the electric vehicle manufacturer to enter this market.

Lowell-based carrier J.B. Hunt plans to use the Tesla Semi in its intermodal and dedicated segments on the West Coast. Bentonville-based retailer Wal-Mart Stores plans to test the Tesla trucks in the United States and Canada as part of its alternative fuel strategy and has reserved 15 of the trucks, according to CNBC.

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

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