Future of Fleet: Electric Semis

March 7, 2018 •

Electric Semis

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The trucking industry is currently undergoing one of the greatest changes in modern history. Semis are being redesigned to run solely off of electricity. In fact, there are three fully electric semis in a race to the production line.

Electric Semis

Tesla Semi

Let’s begin with the most well-known of the all-electric semis, the Tesla Semi. This truck is in pre-production. Several trucking companies, namely UPS, Walmart, and PepsiCo, have placed financial deposits to reserve Tesla Semi trucks for fleets. The deadline for production is in 2019, making this all-electric Class 8 tractor one of the first of its kind to go to market.

Fast stats for Tesla Semi:

  • 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds
  • A range of 300 to 500 miles
  • Price for a reservation is $5,000
  • Total cost is $180,000 to $200,000

Nikola One

The next truck on the list offers more power but at a much higher price tag. Produced by Nikola Motor Company and Bosch, Nikola One is a full-size Class 8 semi with a sleeper. While Nikola One is currently open for reservations, the company will not begin production until 2020.

Fast stats for Nikola One:

  • 1,000 horsepower
  • A range of 800 to 1,200 miles
  • Price for a reservation is $1,500
  • Total cost $375,000

Thor Trucks ET-One

Now we come to one of the least known of the all-electric semis—ET-One by Thor Trucks based in California. The ET-One is a Class 8 semi that is open for pre-orders and will be in production in 2019.  For companies interested in trucks for short hauls or regional freight, Thor Trucks anticipates the production of a 100-mile range semi in the future.

Fast stats for ET-One:

  • 300 to 700 horsepower
  • A range of 300 miles
  • Total cost $150,000 to $250,000

Bottom Line

Of the three electric trucks ready to roll out on the market, Tesla Semi offers the most bang for the buck. While Nikola One is more powerful, the delayed production and expanded price tag are sure to steer customers away. Thor Trucks looks to provide a mid-range entry for fleets that want to save money while testing the electric truck market.

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