Meijer is one of the first to try out the Tesla Semi Truck!
Everybody’s Michigan-based grocery store is getting in the tech game. But it’s not something they’re selling. Meijer will be testing out the Tesla Semi Truck to ship food around Michigan, Kentucky, and the midwest. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, just revealed the plans for the new semi truck, and the model should be at least at a test level by 2019.
The Tesla Semi Truck runs on electricity, with an enormous charge that will last the length of most journeys. While the truck comes with an enhanced “auto-pilot” feature, these models do require a human driver. Good news for all those brave truckers. Elon Musk also tweeted, “It can transform into a robot, fight aliens and make one hell of a latte.” All joking aside, this is an amazing truck.
Tesla requires a $5,000 down payment per vehicle. Meijer is getting four to try out. The cost does not seem to be a problem for Meijer.
“Meijer has always prided itself on being innovative, especially in our fleet and supply chain,” said Meijer spokesman Frank Gugliemi. “We have made a small financial commitment to ensure we are at the front of the line to test this new Tesla truck technology.”
And it actually might better for Meijer fiscally. According to The Detroit News, “The truck’s purported 500-mile range (carrying 80,000 pounds and driving at 60 mph) could allow Meijer to reduce emissions and save some money.” We may even see some of these savings trickle down into our grocery carts. If anybody even uses grocery carts anymore. I use Meijer Curbside and I’m not going back.
You can see these on the road for yourself come 2019!
Elon Musk rode a prototype onto stage to talk about the bound-to-be groundbreaking Tesla Semi Truck. Check it out!