Tesla has announced that their electric semitrailer truck is now in production, with PepsiCo receiving the first order on December 1, 2022.
The new vehicle is simply referred to as "Semi."
PepsiCo stated in a statement that the trucks will be utilized in its Frito-Lay snack plant in Modesto, California, and the Pepsi beverage plant in Sacramento. Reuters reports that the corporation reserved 100 vehicles in 2017 to assist them decrease pollution and fuel expenses.
It is unknown how many trucks PepsiCo will get in December, although the business stated on its website in July 2022 that it expected 15 Semi trucks by the end of the year.
United Parcel Service and Walmart Canada are two more corporations who have booked a substantial number of Tesla vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the trucks' manufacture on Twitter, adding that they are "very fun to drive." According to Tesla, the Semi can travel 800 kilometers on a single charge and accelerate from 0 to 96 kilometers per hour in 20 seconds when fully loaded.
The vehicle is estimated to cost $180,000, with a lower-priced counterpart with a range of less than 500 kilometers available for $150,000.
An typical gas-powered semitrailer costs between $80,000 and $150,000, according to CostOwl.com. However, Tesla claims that businesses may expect to save up to $200,000 in fuel expenses over three years, saving money in the long run.
Tesla trucks were intended to go into production in 2019, but component shortages caused many delays.
While the Semi will be available soon, several of Tesla's other projects, such as the Cybertruck electric pickup truck and the second generation Roadster supercar, are still in the works.