Friday, 07 January 2022 08:58

First 15 Tesla Semi Units to Be Delivered to PepsiCo by End of January: Report

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


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In November, PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta surprised the electric vehicle community when he said during an appearance on CNBC his company was looking forward to the first deliveries of the Tesla Semi in Q4 2021.

The statement was shocking since even Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been very conservative about the release date of the Class 8 all-electric truck.
Sightings of what appeared to be freshly built Tesla Semis were reported near Gigafactory Nevada in late 2021, though by the end of the year, it seemed PepsiCo would have to wait a bit longer before it could take delivery of its first electric trucks. This wait might not be very long, however, as recent reports from the electric vehicle community have suggested PepsiCo may end up taking delivery of its first 15 Tesla Semis as early as this month. 


To prepare for the Tesla Semis’ arrival, the EV maker has reportedly started installing several Megachargers at PepsiCo’s Modesto, CA, facility.


Images shared with EV publication Drive Tesla indicated the Semi’s Megachargers are connected to a Megapack battery. The power output of the Megachargers was reported to be a whopping 1.5 MW as well, which should allow the Tesla Semi to recharge its massive battery pack fairly quickly. Previous estimates suggested the Semi’s Megachargers would have peak rates of about 1 MW. 


While Tesla has been mostly silent about the progress of the Semi, the development of the long-hauler has been going full throttle behind the scenes. New Semi prototypes showing evident updates from the Alpha units produced years ago were spotted across the country over the year. Tesla also set up...

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