After making an appearance at the Dallas Service Center, the Tesla Semi was spotted at a private demo event for PepsiCo employees at Reunion Tower, one of the city’s landmarks. The gathering was reportedly a demo of the electric truck for the snack and beverage company, which had placed orders for 100 Semis back in December.
Reports of the electric truck being spotted at Reunion Tower emerged in the forum community on Tuesday night, with several Texas-based members of the r/TeslaMotors subreddit sharing images of the vehicle as it was parked in front of the building. Ryan O’Donnell, one of the subreddit’s members, was able to check out the Semi as it was being showcased to PepsiCo’s employees. According to O’Donnell, the gathering was very small and private, with only around 200-300 people being present as Tesla gave a demo of the electric truck.
O’Donnell was able to capture almost a dozen close-up photographs showing the Tesla Semi’s four Model 3-based electric motors, its brakes, and its incredibly low ground clearance. The Elon Musk-led firm was very careful about the tech inside the electric long-hauler, however, as no photos of the truck’s twin displays, its navigation system, or its battery information were allowed to be taken.
Nevertheless, O’Donnell’s images of the Tesla Semi’s exterior and motors are among the most detailed ones yet. A gallery of these pictures could be found below.
As we noted in a previous report, the Tesla Semi’s appearance in Dallas, TX, appears to be part of the electric car and energy company’s initiative to showcase the electric truck to some of its clients. PepsiCo, after all, has several facilities in the region, including the corporate headquarters of Frito-Lay, the company’s snack food subsidiary. PepsiCo Sr. Director of Environmental Sustainability Al Halvorsen, who plays a huge part in the company’s current green initiatives, is also based in Dallas.
With Halvorsen at the lead, PepsiCo’s green projects have achieved several milestones over the past few years, such as the company’s Frito-Lay facility in Casa Grande, AZ becoming a “Near Net Zero” manufacturing plant, recycling up to 75% of its water and using up to 80% less gas. With this in mind, PepsiCo’s reservations for the Tesla Semi, a potential disruptor in the transportation industry, is well in line with the company’s current environmentally-friendly initiatives.
If any, the initial orders for the Tesla Semi are reportedly just the start of PepsiCo’s transition to a fully sustainable fleet of delivery vehicles. According to O’Donnell, one of the PepsiCo employees he was able to speak with during the demo event remarked that the 100 orders for the Semi were just “a drop in the bucket” for how many units the company is looking to order in the future.
The Tesla Semi recently visited another one of its biggest buyers last week as well, with the electric long-hauler making an appearance at Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in St. Louis, MO. Just like PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch has also committed to the Tesla Semi, ordering 40 electric trucks from the Elon Musk-led company.