Photo: Tesla

Photo: Tesla

J.B. Hunt Transportation announced that it placed a reservation to purchase multiple Tesla Semi electric tractors that was unveiled on Nov. 16.

The Tesla Semi is slated for launch in 2019 but companies can reserve a truck now for $5,000. J.B. Hunt plans to deploy the electric trucks to its intermodal and dedicated contract services divisions to support operations on the West Coast.

“Reserving Tesla trucks marks an important step in our efforts to implement industry-changing technology,” said John Roberts, president and chief executive officer at J.B. Hunt. “We believe electric trucks will be most beneficial on local and dray routes, and we look forward to utilizing this new, sustainable technology.”

In April, J.B. Hunt announced a five-year, $500 million commitment to enhancing operating systems, developing cloud infrastructure, and creating innovative and disruptive technologies, as the company commits to meeting the needs of an evolving supply chain and introduces new technology for customers and employees.

In addition to its investment in electric trucks, J.B. Hunt is supporting sustainable initiatives such as reducing engine idle time, governing top speed limits, converting over-the-roads shipments to intermodal, optimizing routes for better efficiency, and using biodiesel fuels when possible.