Tesla’s electric trucks could soon pay off, according to German juggernaut Deutsche Post DHL – the world’s biggest logistics company.
DHL has ordered 10 of the long-distance semi-electric vehicles unveiled by Tesla founder Elon Musk, and will be subjecting them to extensive trials.
And a senior DHL executive says the new trucks could pay for the extra cost over a conventional diesel truck in less than two years.
Lower maintenance costs
“We are estimating that we could have payback within a year-and-a-half based on energy usage as well as lower maintenance cost,” said Jim Monkmeyer, president of transportation at DHL Supply Chain.
“The maintenance savings can be enormous as well… just because the engines are much simpler in terms of the number of parts and the complexities of the parts,” he told Reuters in an interview.
Tesla is trading at around $346.17 today (1.15pm GMT), its highest level since 1 February.