Earlier this month PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta said during an interview on CNBC that his company is taking delivery of the first Tesla Semi trucks “this Q4.”
The comments were in contrast to those made by Tesla themselves, which said production of the electric semi had been pushed back to 2023.
Strengthening the possibility that PepsiCo could be taking delivery this year as part of a testing program with Tesla, the first Megachargers have already been installed at Giga Nevada.
In another sign that PepsiCo is expecting to take delivery soon, one of its subsidiaries, Frito-Lay, was just issued a permit to build Semi Megachargers at their facility in Modesto, California.
The permit, discovered by Drive Tesla contributor Marco, was issued yesterday, November 22, 2021.
If it’s any sign Semi production is ramping up, the permit for the Megacharger at Pepsi’s Modesto facility was issued yesterday!! Construction can now begin on the site, which has a total valuation of $334,000. pic.twitter.com/0klPXsvHBo
— The Supercharger Updates Guy (@MarcoRPTesla) November 23, 2021
Although this permit doesn’t explicitly mention Tesla Megachargers, documentation from earlier this year confirms it will be. There will also be a Megapack battery storage unit included as part of the installation.
With the building permit, construction of the Megachargers can now begin. Once they do, they should be easily visible from Leckron Road, which runs along the southern section of the plant.