The first batch of Tesla Semis will be delivered to PepsiCo in Q4 2021, food multinational company CEO Ramon Laguarta told CNBC. "We are already starting to buy electric trucks from Tesla, we don’t want to promote anybody, but that’s the brand we are using so far, and we are getting our first deliveries this Q4," he said.
In 2017, PepsiCo placed an order for 100 Tesla Semis. 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 Semis will be used at its Frito-Lay manufacturing site in Modesto, California. In May 2020, it became known that the FritoLay delivery center began installing the first Megacharger to charge the Tesla Semi. The new chargers were supposed to be installed along with the existing chargers, but no information was reported on their number.
However, Laguarta's announcement that the first batch of trucks will be delivered this quarter came as a bit of a surprise as Tesla said truck shipments would be postponed until 2022. At the moment, there is no refutation or confirmation of the information stated by Laguarta, but Tesla is clearly developing activities related to the Semi.
In mid-October, it became known that Tesla began installing a Megacharger at Giga Nevada. In addition, at the end of last year and throughout 2021, Tesla recruited specialists for the production of Semi at Giga Nevada. It was later revealed that the manufacturer had acquired a building of over 500,000 square feet in an industrial park in Nevada, which was to begin small-scale production of an electric truck. It is located next to a warehouse owned by Tesla. Already in March, according to information from several sources, it became known that Tesla was building a production line for Semi in this building, which coincided with the jobs posting for this purpose by the company on its website.
Electric Semis will completely change the trucking industry as they are the obvious choice for companies looking to reduce CO2 emissions. They are a great alternative to diesel-powered trucks and even trains. Large companies are striving to reduce their carbon footprint, so they pay attention to how they deliver their goods. This forces companies 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. Conveniently, this step will also help save a significant amount of money on refueling and vehicle maintenance.
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