PepsiCo has revealed its all-electric fleet comprising 21 Tesla Semis. The electric trucks will operate out of its Sacramento bottling plant. With this, the company has cemented its place in the truck’s history as the first to take delivery.
The trucks will be used to deliver PepsiCo products locally. These differ from the fifteen units the company uses at its Frito-Lay manufacturing plant in Modesto, as reported by The Sacramento Bee.
PepsiCo was among the first companies to register interest in the truck when it was revealed in 2017. However, it was assisted in the procurement by state and federal grants. For example, PepsiCo received $4.5 million from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, which paid for 18 out of the 21 trucks.
PepsiCo has an order for 100 Semis from Tesla, with some of them meant for long-haul deliveries in California. The trucks can last 400 miles between charges, each costing about $250,000. Tesla can expect more orders from Californian companies as the state’s Air Resources Board is making a rule requiring all new trucks to be electric by 2045.
The Semis will be charged by four 750 kW chargers at Sacramento and Modesto.