Tesla Semis undergo final quality check before continuing deliveries

Credit: @HinrichsZane | Twitter

Additional Tesla Semi units were spotted at the secretive Nevada production facility yesterday. Tesla is likely preparing them for delivery to PepsiCo. in Modesto, California, although they are not yet wrapped in the company’s branding.

Zane Hinrichs spotted several new Tesla Semis just outside the automaker’s Semi production facility located near Gigafactory Nevada in Reno. The vehicles were spotted on January 10 and are being inspected for quality assurance purposes before they head to their destination.

While Hinrichs said in his Tweet that eight more units are ready to ship to PepsiCo., there are only two Semis in the video, but multiple trailers are situated nearby.

PepsiCo. did not immediately respond to our request for comment confirming they were preparing for additional Semi deliveries.

In October, we reported that Tesla was building the Semi at a top-secret facility located on Gigafactory Nevada’s property. Employees who work at Gigafactory Nevada told us they were forbidden from entering the building and that Tesla was being tight-lipped about the Semi project.

Based on the video, we can tell it was taken at the Semi manufacturing building based on photos provided to Teslarati of the building last year. Hinrichs also confirmed to us they were spotted at the Semi plant, which is shown below.

Credit: Teslarati

Tesla had struck a deal to deliver PepsiCo. and subsidiary Frito-Lay in 2021 to deliver the first 15 Semi units to the company in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. PepsiCo. plans to deploy 100 Tesla Semis in 2023.

Tesla delayed deliveries until late 2022, but Frito-Lay was spotted utilizing the truck along with the Semi Megacharger months before Tesla officially launched deliveries.

In December, Tesla officially launched deliveries of the all-electric Semi, displaying several of the wraps PepsiCo. would use across the fleet to represent its brands.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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