LOWELL, Ark. - J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT), one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North America, announced that it placed a reservation to purchase multiple Tesla Semi tractors to be manufactured by Tesla. The electric tractor was unveiled by Tesla at an event on November 16.
J.B. Hunt plans to deploy electric tractors 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.”
J.B. Hunt pioneered sustainable transportation through its intermodal service and has a long history of delivering products in safe, low-cost ways. In addition to the electric truck investment, J.B. Hunt is also supporting sustainable initiatives such as reducing engine idle time, governing top speed limits, converting over-the-road shipments to intermodal, engineering fleet routes that maximize efficiency, and using biodiesel fuels when possible.
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. The additional investment in Tesla trucks further demonstrates J.B. Hunt’s commitment to meeting the needs of an evolving supply chain and introducing new technology for its customers and employees.