City Furniture preordered five Tesla Semis, the electric-powered Class 8 truck that has received orders from such firms as DHL Supply Chain, FedEx Corp., J.B. Hunt Transport Services, UPS Inc. and Walmart Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based City Furniture reported the Semis would transport merchandise from its Tamarac distribution center to a planned facility in central Florida. The vehicles will have a range up to 500 miles on one charge.
The retailer operates 17 City Furniture stores and 12 Ashley Furniture Homestores. Since 2014, it has converted 80% of its 100 smaller delivery vehicles to bi-fuel trucks that run primarily on compressed natural gas.
“We anticipate the Tesla Semis will bring major savings in energy costs and maintenance,” Chief Operating Officer Andrew Koenig said.
Tesla launched the Semi in November with a $150,000 base price for a tractor with a 300-mile range and a $180,000 base price for a version with a 500-mile range. Production is scheduled for 2019.