PepsiCo expects to receive delivery of 15 units of the Tesla Semi this year.
In a press release offering updates on a sustainability strategy at its Modesto, Calif. manufacturing site, PepsiCo said it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in its fleet by more than half. The company’s diesel usage had been cut by 78%.
“To date, the equipment and infrastructure in place at the site includes nearly 60 tractors, box trucks, yard trucks or forklifts powered by electric, lithium-ion technologies or natural gas with renewable attributes, with the remaining 15 electric tractors expected to deploy later this year,” the release said. “Infrastructure to support the project incorporates an adjacent natural gas station with renewable attributes, as well as solar carports, battery storage, truck charging systems and employee electric vehicle charging stations.”
PepsiCo was one of the first company’s to announce plans to add the Tesla Semi to its fleet. While the Semi has been delayed, Tesla is reportedly ramping up efforts on the project with a hopes to start early production by summer 2021.
The Semi is capable of going 0-60 in 5 seconds without a trailer and within 20 seconds loaded with 80,000 pounds. Tesla watchers have reported that Tesla intends to use its homegrown higher density battery packs for the project.