Friday, 26 March 2021 21:17

Tesla Semi to Make 15-Vehicle Debut with PepsiCo Later This Year

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


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Tesla is set to deliver 15 all-electric Semis to PepsiCo by the end of 2021, according to reports.

On March 25, PepsiCo released a press release, “Frito-Lay Cuts Absolute Fleet Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) in Half, Reduces Diesel Usage by 78 Percent at California Production Site,” entailing the steps it has taken to cut GHG emissions by 53%.


One way the company has done this so far is by replacing the equipment and infrastructure at the plant, located in Modesto, CA. PepsiCo has used “nearly 60 tractors, box trucks, yard trucks or forklifts powered by electric, lithium-ion technologies or natural gas with renewable attributes,” it said.


Additionally, it revealed “the remaining 15 electric tractors expected to deploy later this year.”


Following the published press release, Electrek reported PepsiCo confirmed the 15 electric tractors would, in fact, be the Tesla Semi, the long-awaited all-electric commercial vehicle from the world’s leading electric automaker.


The news comes right after a Piper Sandler investors note released earlier that week that detailed the possibility of a stock sell-off in the instance Tesla would delay deliveries of the Semi or Cybertruck.

The Semi has been delayed on several occasions; Tesla has cited battery constraint issues as the main factory for the delays. However, the company has been accelerating its efforts to release the Semi. This year, the Semi has been spotted several times on public roads for testing, and Tesla has also been running the vehicle on its Fremont Factory test track.


Last year, Tesla planned to begin a “volume production” push of the Semi, but battery constraints seemed to delay the project.


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