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City Furniture Pre-Orders Five Tesla Semis to Add to Fleet
City Furniture announced its pre-order of five all-electric Tesla Semi trucks, marking the next step in the company’s green approach to business.
“We expect all-electric trucks to change the playing field in the years ahead,” said Andrew Koenig, COO. “Based on the ROI we’ve already seen by converting most of our delivery fleet to alternative fuel vehicles, we anticipate the Tesla Semis will bring major savings in energy costs and maintenance, while taking performance and reliability to a level that hasn’t yet existed.”
City Furniture is under way with a $100 million expansion in South and Central Florida, to include a distribution center and showroom just west of Orlando in Ocoee, plus stores in Altamonte Springs and in Orlando’s Mall at Millennia area.
With production slated to begin in 2019, the Tesla Semi’s specs call for 0-60 mph acceleration in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. With full 80,000-pound load, 0-60 mph is projected at 20 seconds. The Semis ordered by City Furniture will have a range up to 500 miles on one charge, plus enhanced safety features.
The furniture company expects to use the Tesla Semis to transport merchandise from City Furniture’s main distribution center in Tamarac to the planned Central Florida distribution facility.
City Furniture’s green innovations range from constructing LEED-certified showrooms to manufacturing upholstered products with soy-based cushions to recycling millions of pounds of cardboard and 500,000 pounds of Styrofoam annually.