Tesla Motors is unveiling a new electric transport truck later this month, an announcement that has taken the industry by storm. Though the truck will likely come with a six figure price tag, experts are expecting it to sell. A lot. Why? well, the $100,000 expected price tag is actually less than a modern diesel truck.
Are they really that expensive?
A little bit of research shows that, yes indeed, auto transport trucks are expensive to buy. And that’s just buying them – keeping them operational is going to cost a company thousands more over the course of every shipping season. This is a big reason why auto transportation prices are so high.
The impact of an electric transport truck
There aren’t really any electric transport trucks on the market as yet. We’ve talked about them before, along with autonomous transport trucks, but the technology still is in its infancy. Because of this, a lot of truckers on the road are skeptical about switching from standard diesel trucks. It’s not surprising – the devil you know, and all that.
But an electric truck comes with a serious cost advantage over standard trucks, and this could lead to a revolution in auto shipping pricing. We doubt it will happen any time soon – carriers like making money, after all. But think about where all that money you pay them goes. It mostly goes into fuel, food for the driver, and truck maintenance. That’s it. But what if the truck didn’t need fuel? Suddenly you have a major overhead cost that ceases to become a cost – which could end up driving auto shipping prices down.
Now, it’s not a certainty that Tesla is even going to unveil it later this month. It might be further down the line. But does it surprise anyone that they’re actively working on this?
What you could see happen to the auto shipping industry
If Tesla’s electric transport truck makes waves and auto shippers actually pick some up, we could see the start of a revolution in the industry. Suddenly costs could drop substantially, which could ripple out and cause serious shifts. If carriers can charge less for loads, it could open up the industry to new customers. Costs can prohibit some people from being able to use car shipping services, but if a cross-country trek suddenly cost a third of what it does now, who knows?
This wouldn’t happen for years, even decades. We’d have to see a huge culture shift in the United States that gets us away from fossil fuels, but that’s probably going to happen eventually. Tesla is at the forefront of that movement and is leading the way in a number of ways. From their Model S and Model X to this new electric transport truck, Tesla is making waves. And it’s only the beginning.
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