Canadian grocery chain Loblaw wants 25 Tesla Semi Trucks, Truckers J.B. Hunt Join in

Large retailers across North America are jumping on Tesla semi truck pre-orders, with Canadian grocery chain Loblaw now booking 25 trucks, shortly after Wal-Mart placed one for 15 to test them out in the U.S. and Canada.

Loblaw is on a drive to reduce emissions in its logistics fleet, while another client, this time from the trucking industry, has booked a firm order for “multiple vehicles”. J.B. Hunt is one of the top 100 trucking companies in the U.S., and the order is a strong vote of confidence from the trucking fraternity.

Others in retail and trucking are still on the sidelines, but as big names join Tesla’s waiting list for the all-electric big rigs, there are bound to be more pre-orders soon.

Incidentally, earlier this month Loblaw unveiled its first fully-electric 53-foot Class 8 big rig, a pioneering effort from Shenzhen, China-based BYD, the global leader in electric vehicles.

But it’s also placed an order with Tesla, which means it could pit the two vendors against each other as it races to its goal of a zero-emissions fleet by 2030.

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