Tesla Semi to kick off Yandell Truckaway’s transition to an all-electric fleet

The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)

Following its visit to Pixar HQ for the esteemed animation studio’s green day celebration for employees, the Tesla Semi headed to the headquarters of another reservation holder: veteran transportation, logistics, and warehousing company Yandell Truckaway, which as been in the trucking business since 1945. Yandell had ordered 10 units of the Semi’s 300-mile version for its fleet, as part of its efforts to fully embrace sustainable solutions.

Yandell aims to utilize its Tesla all-electric trucks for its asset-based trucking division, with the vehicles operating in Northern California and catering to the area’s temperature controlled wine transportation and storage industry. This makes the Semi’s 300-mile variant perfect for Yandell’s business, as the trucks would likely have enough range to perform their day-to-day tasks and simply charge at night. In a statement, Yandell Truckaway COO John Yandell III remarked that the Semi is a perfect match for the company’s history of embracing bleeding edge technologies. 

The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more

The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)

“For over 70 years Yandell Truckaway has been serving the Northern California wine industry. Throughout that time we have prided ourselves by staying at the forefront of technology, making our operations more efficient and environmentally friendly. With the introduction of the Tesla Semi truck, we are looking forward to ushering in the most substantial and groundbreaking piece of technology the trucking industry has ever seen,” the COO said. 

The executive made it clear that the 10 Tesla Semis Yandell Truckaway ordered are intended to replace the trucks that the company is currently using. Eventually, Yandell plans to transition its fleet into zero-emissions trucks. With this in mind, the trucking veteran is laying the groundwork to prepare for the deployment of its Tesla Semi fleet, as well as its succeeding sustainable initiatives. A huge part of this will be the company’s charging infrastructure, which will likely be a key factor in determining whether or not its EV trucking push will succeed. 

The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more
The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)more

The Tesla Semi visits Yandell Truckaway. (Photo: Arash Malek)

To address the charging needs of its upcoming electric truck fleet, the COO stated that Yandell is looking to set up a new building that will include solar panels that will help provide the power that will charge its Tesla Semis. Other electric trucks that the company plans to use, as well as electric-powered forklifts for its warehousing operations, will be charged using this upcoming building as well.

The Tesla Semi holds the potential to disrupt the lucrative trucking market. To allow the vehicle to be competitive, Tesla designed its truck to capitalize on the strengths of EVs as much as possible. The Semi is equipped with four Model 3-derived electric motors, which allow the long-hauler to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds flat while bobtailing. With a full load, the Semi is capable of hitting highway speed in around 20 seconds, far quicker than diesel-powered trucks. The Semi will also feature a unique “Convoy Mode,” which would allow multiple trucks to semi-autonomously draft close to each other.

The Tesla Semi was initially announced for production in 2019, though this date has been adjusted for 2020. The company has hinted at improvements in the Semi since its unveiling, with Elon Musk teasing that the production long-range variant of the truck will have closer to 600 miles of range per charge.

Watch some sleek drone footage of the Tesla Semi in its visit to Yandell Truckaway in the video below.

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