DHL Supply Chain, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is to test the Tesla Electric Class 8 Semi Trucks after placing an order for ten. It is one of the first third-party logistics companies to order the trucks.
Available in 2019 the trucks will be tested at its customer operations in major U.S. metro cities and be used for shuttle deliveries and same-day customer deliveries. They will also be tested for mileage efficiency on longer runs from major markets to other DHL operations across the country.
“At DHL Supply Chain, we’re always thinking beyond today’s shipment – whether that be thinking about tomorrow, next month or two years from now when these trucks become available,” said Jim Monkmeyer, president of Transportation at DHL Supply Chain North America. “This is a revolutionary approach to trucking, and we want to be a part of it for our customers, for our employees and for our industry.”
As well as testing the trucks themselves DHL Supply Chain also plans to evaluate the trucks’ impact on drivers’ quality of life and job satisfaction. DHL Supply Chain’s 2017 talent gap research report highlights a supply chain talent gap that has the potential to spiral into a talent crisis. And according to the American Trucking Association, the shortage in drivers could double from 48,000 in 2015 to almost 100,000 in 2020.
“Factors like comfort and time on the road play a large role in driver job satisfaction,” added Monkmeyer. “While we always try to optimise transportation routes to allow our drivers to be home same-day, we’re also excited about the potential to bring our drivers the comfort and safety benefits that the Tesla Class 8 truck could offer.”
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