The Tesla Semi is about to electrify Canada’s logging industry, with Vancouver Island-based Mosaic Forest Management announcing that it had placed an order for three Tesla Semis. The company plans to use the all-electric Class 8 trucks for its logging activities.
The Tesla Semis would be used as part of a pilot program to see how all-electric trucks could perform in the log hauling sector. In a statement to ChekNews, Domenico Ianndinardo, Mosaic’s vice-president and chief forester, noted that the Tesla Semi pilot program would be a first for the logging industry.
“To our knowledge, there’s no one in the world hauling logs with fully electric trucks in the mountainous terrain that we have here, so this would be a global first for fully electrified full log haul trucks,” he said. If the pilot program proves successful, Mosaic would electrify its fleet of 300 logging trucks as part of its efforts to become carbon neutral by 2035.
Ianndinardo noted that electric trucks like the Tesla Semi are actually a good fit for the logging industry, especially in Vancouver Island, where much of the timber is located in higher elevations. This means that a significant part of the energy consumed by the trucks when they go up to the mountains could be replenished as they travel back, thanks to features like regenerative braking.