Commercial, Energy Efficiency, Sourcing Renewables - April 25, 2018
City Furniture to add Tesla Semi trucks
City Furniture announced the pre-order of five all-electric Semi trucks as the next step in the company’s "green" approach to all facets of its business. The company expects to use these trucks to transport merchandise from its main distribution center in Tamarac, Fla. to a planned central Florida distribution facility.
In a statement, Andrew Koenig, City Furniture COO explained, "We expect all-electric trucks to change the playing field in the years ahead." He added, "Based on the ROI we’ve already seen by converting most of our delivery fleet to alternative fuel vehicles, we anticipate the Tesla Semis will bring major savings in energy costs and maintenance while taking performance and reliability to a level that hasn’t yet existed."
Since 2014, City Furniture has converted 80% of its approximately 100 smaller delivery vehicles to bi-fuel trucks that run primarily on compressed natural gas (CNG). Traveling nearly 5 million miles yearly on deliveries throughout its 29-store Southeast, Southwest and Central Florida showroom network, the company has reduced its emissions by about 47% due to this conversion. Additionally, they already recouped its $4.5 million investment in CNG bi-fuel trucks and at its on-site CNG station at its Tamarac headquarters
Production on the Tesla Semi trucks is due to begin in 2019. The Semis ordered by City Furniture will have range up to 500 miles on one charge as well as enhanced safety features.
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