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pepsico receives first delivery of tesla's all-electric 'semi' trucks

first 100 tesla ‘semi’ trucks delivered to pepsiCo

 

On Thursday evening (December 1st), and as promised by Elon Musk a few months back, Tesla delivered the first batch of its all-electric ‘Semi’ trucks to PepsiCo. The delivery event took place in Reno, Nevada, where Musk discussed the semitrailer’s promising features and performance metrics. ‘If you’re a trucker and you want the most badass rig on the road, this is it,’ he commented during the event. 

 

The new electric vehicle is said to be three times more powerful than any diesel truck and can cover a distance of 500 miles when fully loaded, on a single charge. The company also shared a clip on Twitter showing how its engineers have ‘tested Semi in a variety of harsh conditions to maximize reliability & durability’. 

 

 

much-awaited unveiling after a 5-year delay 

 

The all-electric Tesla vehicle finally launched into the market after a five-year delay. First unveiled in 2017, and besides PepsiCo, the ‘Semi’ truck grabbed the interest of global giants like Walmart, UPS, and Anheuser-Busch — and the five-year lag in production had left them patiently waiting for their own batch to land on their doorstep. 

 

During that period, though, Tesla was actively prototyping and finalizing the design before road testing it for the first time in 2019. The production delays, Musk explained, were caused by a few bumps along the road — namely, not possessing enough battery cells to go into mass manufacturing. Luckily, the delivery event on December 1st came as promised and the company even announced at its third-quarter earning calls that it will produce 50,000 ‘Semis’ in North American in 2024. 

pepsico receives first delivery of tesla's all-electric 'semi' trucks
unveiling of the ‘Semi’ at the Nevada delivery event

 

 

Performance-wise, the ‘Semi’ is fitted with a tri-motor system and carbon-sleeved rotors, ‘1 unit for efficiency, 2 acceleration units for torque,’ tweeted Tesla. More importantly, while on the road, the vehicle consumes less than 2kWh per mile. During the event, Musk and thanks to its bullet-like silhouette, boasting aerodynamic efficiency. With its enhanced autopilot technologies, the ‘Semi’ truck is effectively built to aid avoidance of collisions, positioning the driver at the center to provide maximum visibility and control.

 

 

 

 

Elaborating on the user-centric approach, Tesla explains that the class-8 cargo truck was designed to ‘extend the idea of this efficiency not just when you’re on the road but into the yard as well, before and after the truck has done its job on the road.’ For example, the interiors offer plenty of space for a trucker to stand up, hang their attire, and rest when off duty. Catering to the driver’s needs as well is an extensive set of plug-ins and wireless charging for a seamless drive, from start to finish. 

pepsico receives first delivery of tesla's all-electric 'semi' trucks
bringing in the 500-mile semi trailer for the audience to see

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project info:

 

name: Tesla ‘Semi’ truck

delivery event location: Reno, Nevada

first batch delivery: December 1, 2022

first customer: Pepsi

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