American mobile unit provider Mobile TV Group has placed orders for two Tesla Semis, joining the growing list of local and foreign firms that have committed to CEO Elon Musk’s vision of an emissions-free trucking industry. A pair of Tesla Semis will join MTVG’s fleet of long-haulers, which are equipped with ultra-high definition broadcasting technology and deployed across the country to provide live event coverage.
Mobile TV Group director of business development Nick Garvin noted that the company’s decision to place orders for the Tesla Semi was an easy decision for the firm. The MTVG executive noted that the electric trucks would serve as yet another step for the company in its ongoing initiatives to embrace a greener system, which Garvin believes is pivotal in strengthening the firm’s relationship with its clients.
“It was a pretty easy decision. We think that it makes sense as part of our own green initiative, and our clients are always interested in being greener. We feel like this is a very important step in the right direction for our future and the future of our clients,” Garvin said.
Similar to other global firms that have recently committed to the purchase of Tesla’s Semi, such as Middle Eastern environmental and waste management firm Bee’ah, Mobile TV Group has been involved in green initiatives long before it placed its orders for the quad electric motor truck. So far, MTVG has rolled out several environment-friendly initiatives, such as the use of ultra-compressed recycled paper for walls and framing — materials which it uses in its operations.
Apart from being in line with the company’s efforts to go green, the MTVG executive also noted that the Tesla Semi was simply a practical choice for the company’s needs. According to Garmin, Tesla Semi’s range of 500 miles per charge is a non-issue, since a lot of MTVG’s business is focused on providing coverage solutions for Regional Sports Networks. With this in mind, the Semi’s range per charge would be more than adequate.
Perhaps the most practical reason behind Mobile TV Group’s decision to reserve two units of the Tesla Semi, however, is the electric vehicles’ reliability and low maintenance cost. The Semi, after all, has far fewer components compared to a traditional diesel truck. According to the MTVG executive, the Tesla Semi’s reliability is actually one of its most significant selling points, as businesses like Mobile TV Group consider incidents like engine breakdowns as down as one of its biggest headaches.
“A fundamental advantage of the Tesla is, there are significantly less parts compared to a combustion engine, which just means less things can go wrong. It just means less points of failure, so it’s less likely for something to break down, which is obviously one of our biggest nightmares,” Garvin said.
The Tesla Semi is a Class 8 long-hauler, capable of towing up to 80,000 pounds of cargo. Built with four electric motors derived from the Model 3, the truck is capable of hitting highways speeds in 20 seconds, far quicker than any diesel semi-trailer deployed on the road today.
First deliveries for the Tesla Semi are expected to take place in 2019.