Ever since it was first unveiled back in November, Tesla’s semi truck has been making a lot of headlines, with many major corporations already placing a serious amount of preorders for when they actually do come out. Now, according to Reuters, it looks like those companies are teaming up with Tesla in order to build a series of on-site charge stations to keep the trucks moving once they’re on the road next year.
While there haven’t been a ton of details released, it’s believed that the stations themselves will be designed and engineered by Tesla. The company plans to have the stations set and ready to go before the trucks are even on the road, as the semis will initially only operate within range of their charge sites. However, some of the companies with Tesla semi truck preorders in place are thinking about creating their own charge stations as well. James Sembrot, senior director of supply chain for Anheuser-Busch, said to Reuters, “What was important to us was to make a big investment in this cutting-edge technology and secure our place in line.”
Given the emergence of electric cars in recent years and Tesla’s placement right at the forefront of the industry, it’s easy to imagine their electric semi trucks becoming the new standard for land-based shipping in the United States, and perhaps eventually the world. This story is certainly a step in that direction.
[via The Verge]