The leading global foodservice distribution company, Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY), announced that it has placed an order for 50 Tesla Semi trucks as part of a commitment to reduce environmental impact for its operations.
“We are excited to begin the process of incorporating alternative-fuel trucks into our fleet,” said the company’s President and COO, Tom Bené.
Today’s announcement that Tesla’s all-electric semi-truck will become an integral part of a well-established supply chain, comes on the heels of another major announcement made by Anheuser-Busch, after the beer giant and brewing company behind Budweiser said it has ordered 40 Tesla Semi trucks.
Making a similar remark to Anheuser-Busch, Sysco’s President justified the addition of Tesla all-electric trucks into its fleet because of their cost benefits, in addition to the obvious environmental benefits. “This reinforces Sysco’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by reducing the environmental impact of our operations. In addition to the positive environmental impacts, we will also benefit from reduced fuel and maintenance costs and drive associate enthusiasm with the introduction of new and unique technology.” said Bené.
Sysco’s reservation of 50 Tesla Semi trucks joins a list of other publicly traded companies that have committed to using battery electric trucks due to its cost savings. With a $150,000 starting price for the base version of a Tesla Semi, capable of 300 miles of range, or the $200,000 price tag for a 500-mile version, Tesla says its truck will have the lowest cost of ownership of any truck. “Electric energy costs are half those of diesel. With fewer systems to maintain, the Tesla Semi provides $200,000+ in fuel savings and a two-year payback period.” reads the description for the truck on Tesla’s website.
Shares of Sysco were trading above 3% following Friday’s announcement.
Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. With over 65,000 associates, the company operates approximately 300 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 500,000 customer locations. For fiscal 2017 that ended July 1, 2017, the company generated sales of more than $55 billion.