Photos: Drive Tesla
PepsiCo. expects to receive the first 15 Tesla Semis soon for use at its California facility. Megachargers for charging the Class 8 trucks have already arrived at Frito-Lay in Modesto and will be installed shortly.
Tesla's first Megachargers have arrived at PepsiCo's Frito-Lay facility in Modesto, California, Drive Tesla reports, citing photos they received from its reader. In the photographs, we can see one Megacharger, which has already been taken out of the box and two packed.
In November 2021, PepsiCo. received permission to install Tesla Megacharger to charge Tesla Semis, 15 of which were to be shipped to their facility in Modesto. Stanislaus County officially issued a permit to install it, requested by PepsiCo. back in April 2021. Construction began within the first weeks of obtaining permission and moved forward quickly. At the moment, you can see the installed bank of 8 Green Line High-Efficiency Transformers, Megacharger boxes, and control/breaker cabinets for the system.
In addition to the exclusive photos, Drive Tesla also received information about the delivery time of the first Semis. According to its source, the trucks will have to be delivered to PepsiCo. by the end of January. Given the recent activity, this seems possible.
In December, Semi was seen testing at Giga Nevada. Later that month, the company was looking for a Commercial Truck Operator to perform the Durability Test. The person in this position should have worked as a member of Tesla's engineering test team to support commercial truck-level testing for reliability, performance, and homologation tests performed in-house and at external test labs. According to the description, the main purpose of this role is "to conduct the execution of truck level tests in accordance with Tesla test procedures." This position was closed within two days, which may indicate that a specialist was hired.
Also, two Tesla Semis were seen recently at Giga Nevada, hinting that the company is busy with limited production. Thus, once the homologation process is complete, the finished trucks are likely to be handed over to PepsiCo.
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