Pepsi Buys 100 Tesla Trucks: Do They 'Have the Right One, Baby?'

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
pepsi buys 100 tesla trucks do they have the right one baby

PepsiCo nearly doubled the number of new electric big rigs Tesla will have to manufacture after reserving 100 units. Adding to the list of orders by more than a dozen companies, including other massive companies like Wal-Mart and Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi is helping Tesla make a case for EVs with a fixation on freight.

Last year, the food brand stated it wanted to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent by 2030. With a fleet of over 10,000 units, semi trucks might be a good place to seek improvements. Granted, depending upon how it’s generated, pulling energy from the grid isn’t a perfect solution. But, at that point, it’s someone else’s problem.

Like the rest of the companies reserving Tesla’s truck, this is something of a trial run. Reuters reported that PepsiCo intends to deploy the semis for shipments between manufacturing and distribution facilities and to retailers within the 500-mile range promised by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Presumably, if everything goes well, the company will order more. Mike O‘Connell, senior director of North American supply chain for PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay, says he sees a wide range of applications for lighter loads (like chips) or shorter shipments of beverages.

However, Pepsi will have to wait before it can begin its field research and discover if Tesla’s truck was “ the right one, baby.” Musk doesn’t expect the electric rigs to enter into production until 2019.

O‘Connell didn’t specify how much PepsiCo paid to reserve the vehicles, when it placed its pre-orders, or whether it plans to lease the semis or purchase them. Tesla initially asked $5,000 per truck for pre-orders but Reuters claims the amount had risen to around $20,000 more recently.

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  • CKNSLS Sierra SLT CKNSLS Sierra SLT on Dec 12, 2017

    So-all these deposits for this "VAPOR-WARE" semi will help keep Tesla afloat a little while longer. What makes anybody think if they can't produce the Model 3 they will be able to produce a number of Semis? The pyramid continues... (queue SCE)

  • Tylanner Tylanner on Dec 12, 2017

    Trucking is cool again...

  • Kcflyer on one hand it at least wont have dirty intake valves like Honda's entire lineup of direct injection ice vehicles. on the other hand a CRV offers more room, more range, faster fueling and lower price, hmm
  • Tassos BTW I thought this silly thing was always called the "Wienermobile".
  • Tassos I have a first cousin with same first and last name as my own, 17 years my junior even tho he is the son of my father's older brother, who has a summer home in the same country I do, and has bought a local A3 5-door hatch kinds thing, quite old by now.Last year he told me the thing broke down and he had to do major major repairs, replace the whole engine and other stuff, and had to rent a car for two weeks in a touristy location, and amazingly he paid more for the rental ( Euro1,500, or $1,650-$1,700) than for all the repairs, which of course were not done at the dealer (I doubt there was a dealer there anyway)
  • Tassos VW's EV program losses have already been horrific, and with (guess, Caveman!) the Berlin-Brandenburg Gigafactory growing by leaps and bounds, the future was already quite grim for VW and the VW Group.THis shutdown will not be so temporary.The German Government may have to reach in its deep pockets, no matter how much it hates to spend $, and bail it out."too big to fail"?
  • Billccm I had a 1980 TC3 Horizon and that car was as reliable as the sun. Underappreciated for sure.