Pepsico Orders 100 Tesla Semi Trucks

Robert Sterner, Advisor

Pepsico placed the largest order to date with a deposit on 100 of Tesla’s newly unveiled all electric semi trucks.

Pepsico joins Walmart and Anheuser-Bush in placing large pre-orders for the Tesla Semis.

A deposit of $20,000 per vehicle was reported by Reuters. With the full cost of the Tesla Semi ranging from $150,000 to $200,000, Pepsico is spending $15-20 million to make its fleet greener and decrease costs.

Pepsico’s truck fleet is the largest in the world. However, with 8,000 trucks, according to Fleet Trax, Pepsico’s purchase of 100 Tesla Semis accounts for less than 1% of the fleet.

Tesla said the Semi accelerates from a standing start to 60 mph in just 20 seconds while hauling an 80,000 lb load. Depending upon the model, the Semi will have a range of 300 or 500 miles and recharge in just 30 minutes.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the Semi would begin production in 2019.

Tesla unveils its new Semi truck at a private event on November 16, 2017. Depending on the model, the trucks will have ranges between 300 to 500 miles. (Tesla)