Today United Parcel Service, Inc. dethroned PepsiCo as the largest orderer of Tesla Semis. The logistics and delivery company announced it has placed orders for 125 Semis, besting the beverage and snack maker by 25 units.
UPS is using the Tesla Semi order to expand the company’s alternative energy fleet. The 125 trucks will primarily run in the U.S. and haul freight for the company. UPS says the initial 125 units is enough for the company to essentially test the Semi in its system before committing to more.
Tesla has worked extensively with UPS directly regarding expected performance of the Semi and route planning, though UPS has not finalized which routes the Tesla truck will run on yet. UPS says Tesla will assist the company in integrating the truck in their system, partially to ensure UPS realizes the lower cost of ownership the company is expecting with the battery-electric truck.
According to Reuters, Tesla now has about 410 known orders for the Semi. The Semi is currently slated to go on sale in 2019 with a price tag of $200,000. According to Tesla, pre-orders require $20,000 down per unit, although UPS and other orderers of the truck have not confirmed the cash they’ve been required to front for the truck.