DHL Supply Chain, the German contract logistics specialist that is part of Deutsche Post DHL, recently placed an order for 10 Tesla electric Class 8 semi-trucks. The trucks will be available in 2019, and will be used for shuttle and same-day deliveries.

DHL Supply Chain plans to test the trucks at its customer operations in major U.S. metro cities, and will evaluate their mileage efficiency on longer runs for cross-country operations. “While we always try to optimize transportation routes to allow our drivers to be home same-day, we’re also excited about the potential to bring our drivers the comfort and safety benefits that the Tesla Class 8 truck could offer., said Jim Monkmeyer, president of transportation at DHL Supply Chain North America.