Wednesday, 24 November 2021 00:06

PepsiCo. Receives Permit for Tesla Semi Megacharger Installation

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


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PepsiCo. has received the permit for the installation of a Tesla Semi Megacharger at its Modesto, CA, facility, according to public documents released by Stanislaus County.

The Stanislaus County Planning Commission officially issued a permit for the Megacharger installation Nov. 22, the documents show. PepsiCo. has been attempting to receive installation privileges since April, when it initially submitted the application on April 21.


The planning commission has performed regular inspections, including a fire review, in the months between the submittal of the application and the issuance of the permit. The permit approval was first shared by @MarcoRPTesla.


PepsiCo. will be the first company to receive Tesla Semis later this year. CEO Ramon Laguarta stated on CNBC earlier in November the company would officially receive the first Tesla Semi units in Q4, meaning Tesla has about five weeks to deliver the vehicles to PepsiCo.


The Megacharger is what Tesla plans to use to charge the Semi and has been in development for several years. On Nov. 15, photos of a Tesla Semi prototype charging at a recently-installed Megacharger at the automaker’s Gigafactory Nevada facility outside of Reno were shared by @hwfeinstein on Twitter.


The indication Tesla was installing a Megacharger at the facility occurred in mid-October when Sawyer Merritt shared photographs of a Megarcharger station.


Now that PepsiCo. has officially received permission to install the Megacharger at its facility in Modesto, Tesla must begin to focus on the final touches of the Semi. Tesla only has a handful of weeks to complete the first builds of the Semi and get them to PepsiCo. if it wishes to remain on schedule with deliveries.


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