Tesla's plans to bring the Semi to market continue to advance and the first 15 electric trucks will be delivered to PepsiCo this year.
On March 25, Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, announced significant progress in transforming its manufacturing facility in Modesto, California. The project is part of PepsiCo's broader sustainability strategy, which includes changes throughout its end-to-end value chain to create a more sustainable food system and reduce its environmental impact.
In addition to using renewable energy sources at the enterprise, the company is actively transforming its vehicle fleet. In the announcement, PepsiCo said it expects delivery of 15 electric trucks later this year, possibly pointing to the Tesla Semi that the company had ordered from the Californian manufacturer earlier.
"To date, the equipment and infrastructure in place at the site includes nearly 60 tractors, box trucks, yard trucks or forklifts powered by electric, lithium-ion technologies or natural gas with renewable attributes, with the remaining 15 electric tractors expected to deploy later this year."
Large companies are striving to reduce their carbon footprint, so they pay attention to how they deliver their goods. This forces them to reconsider their views on the use of old diesel trucks and to seriously consider the possibility of buying electric trucks as soon as possible. Also, this step will help them save a significant amount of money on refueling and car maintenance.
In 2017, PepsiCo placed an order for 100 Tesla Semi. The move is part of the giant's efforts to reduce fuel costs and emissions from its fleet. In 2019, PepsiCo announced that 15 Tesla Semi will be used at its Frito-Lay manufacturing site in Modesto. Combined with the new announcement, it becomes apparent that the 15 electric trucks in question are Tesla Semi.
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