PepsiCo Incorporation has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc’s newly unveiled electric Semi trucks for their fleet which already boasts an impressive 10,000 trucks. This decision comes in light of the plans of PepsiCo to reduce environmental emissions of its supply chain by at least 20% of the total by 2030 as well as to cut down on the fuel costs of the fleet.
The tally of the Tesla’s electric Semi trucks that have been reserved has risen to 267, which in comparison to the 260,000 heavy-duty Class-8 trucks annually produced in North America (according to FTR, an industrial economics research firm) seems peanuts. The low number of orders is termed due to the uncertainty factor of bringing in electric big rigs into the trucking industry to replace the low cost and low maintenance diesel trucks. Experts are also skeptical if Tesla Inc will be able to make on-time delivery of the reserved trucks.
PepsiCo intends to use the trucks for shipments of beverages and snacks foods from factories or distribution centers to retailers. Currently, the incorporation is deciding which routes would best suit the electric Semis. Tesla claims the Semi has a range of 500 miles when towing a full 80,000-pound load, and that 400 miles of range can be restored in just 30 minutes at one of its new mega charger stations.
Since it was unveiled last month, Tesla has racked up a fair number of preorders from several big-name players in shipping and logistics. This list of corporations is growing daily and comprises of Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, Sysco, J. B. Hunt, Meijer, JK Moving, Loblaw, Fercam, Girteka Logistics, Ryder, DHL Supply Chain, Fortigo Freight Services, Flexport.com, Best Transportation, and Mecca & Son Trucking.
Tesla first started taking reservations with a $5,000 deposit per truck but has changed the listed deposit price last month (November) to $20,000 for a “base reservation” of the production version and the full $200,000 for the “Founders Series” truck.