PepsiCo is expecting delivery of Tesla’s electric truck Semi by the end of this year. The announcement has been made by the chief executive officer of the company, Ramon Laguarta. He has said it despite saying earlier that delivery of the trucks was delayed to the next year. It is pertinent to mention that Tesla is one of the biggest buyers of Tesla Semi electric trucks. Tesla Semi was launched in 2017. Soon after that, PepsiCo had placed one of the biggest orders. PepsiCo has ordered 100 electric trucks to add to its fleet.
On the other hand, Tesla is making progress and trying to bring its electric Semi truck to production. There were reports that Elon Musk’s company has been steadily making progress in pilot production of its 4680 cells. However, the EV company has confirmed that deliveries of the Tesla Semi have been pushed to the next year. But the statement made by PepsiCo CEO clearly shows that either he is not aware of the announcement of Tesla or there is something that he knows but is not in the public domain. PepsiCo is looking to use these trucks for transportation as it accounts for almost 10 per cent of the maker of Mountain Dew soda’s gas emissions.
The company had earlier revealed its plan about how it intends to use these Semi trucks. PepsiCo said that it would be using them to ship snack foods and beverages. Both between distribution centers and manufacturing as well as to retailers. There are also reports that the company would use 15 of these trucks for a project under which it would turn its site in Frito-Lay Modesto, California into a zero-emission facility. Considering the developments, the statement made by PepsiCo might come true. It must be noted that Tesla has reportedly received orders for 100,000 vehicles from ride-haling company Hertz – for which delivery is expected to begin soon.