PepsiCo shares photo of freshly delivered Tesla Semi truck units

PepsiCo recently shared an image showing its new Tesla Semi units. The vehicles will be operating from PepsiCo Beverages North America’s (PBNA) Fresno, California location, and they will be serving customers across the state. 

As noted by PepsiCo in a press release, it would be receiving 50 units of the Tesla Semi over the next several months. The deliveries of the new Tesla Semi units for PepsiCo’s fleet was initially mentioned by Tesla Semi program Senior Manager Dan Priestley at the ACT Expo clean transportation conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. During his talk, Priestley noted that deliveries of PepsiCo’s new Tesla Semi units have already started

As can be seen in PepsiCo’s press release, Tesla appears to have delivered five new Semi units to the company. Interestingly enough, the new Tesla Semi units are painted white, unlike the blue PepsiCo trucks that were part of the company’s initial fleet. The Tesla Semi units are supported by eight 750-kW Megachargers that have been installed at the PBNA Fresno, California location. Two Megapack batteries have also been set up at the facility.

Tesla Semi Trucks Will Operate Out of Fresno Facility and E-Transit Vans Will Serve Customers Across California. (Credit: PepsiCo)

John Dean, President for PepsiCo Beverages North America, West Division, noted that the electrification of the company’s fleet of vehicles is a pivotal part of its sustainability efforts. “Our fleet electrification is an important part of our pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) strategy and illustrates how sustainability is a core business strategy at PepsiCo— good for the planet, good for our business, and good for the communities we serve,” he noted. 

PepsiCo Beverages North America’s Fresno, California location is a 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that distributes popular drinks such as Pepsi, STARRY, Gatorade, Rockstar, and Aquafina, among others. Needless to say, the new Tesla Semi units that were recently delivered to PepsiCo will be transporting heavy loads in their day-to-day operations. This should help debunk the idea that the Tesla Semi is only being used by PepsiCo to transport chips from Frito-Lay, which are light loads. 

Dan Priestley clarified the Tesla Semi’s capability to transport heavy loads in his recent talk at the ACT Expo as well. “Just to be clear, I think there’s actually a mild misunderstanding about how PepsiCo has used their trucks. It’s sometimes characterized that they’re hauling chips, but in fact, it’s actually the PepsiCo division that have more trucks hauling beverages on a regular basis,” Priestley stated. 

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Simon Alvarez: Simon is a reporter with a passion for electric cars and clean energy. Fascinated by the world envisioned by Elon Musk, he hopes to make it to Mars (at least as a tourist) someday.
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