Ever for the reason that first Tesla Semis have been delivered on December 1, 2022 to PepsiCo, the Class 8 electrical truck has been noticed a number of occasions on the street, producing pleasure amongst followers each single time.
Up till now, solely MotorTrend noticed a couple of Tesla Semi in a single place throughout its current go to to Frito-Lay’s facility in Modesto, California. Now we get to see how a big group of Tesla Semis seems to be like courtesy of a put up on the r/teslamotors subreddit.
Consumer mariorestini posted two images taken at Frito-Lay’s website that present no less than eight Tesla Semis parked aspect by aspect. 5 of the electrical semi-truck tractors are painted white, whereas three of them carry Frito-Lay’s crimson and yellow livery with white model lettering on the perimeters of the cab.
This sighting proves that Tesla continues to ship Semis to PepsiCo, though it stays unclear what number of vans have been shipped to the corporate’s amenities in Modesto and Sacramento to this point. MotorTrend noticed six Tesla Semis throughout its go to to Modesto in late January, nevertheless it seems to be just like the fleet has grown since.
Taking into consideration the earlier Tesla Semi sightings, the EV maker should have delivered a couple of dozen vans to this point.
In December 2022, PepsiCo Vice President Mike O’Connell mentioned in an interview with Reuters that the corporate plans to roll out 100 Tesla Semis in 2023, when it begins utilizing the heavy-duty vans to make deliveries to prospects like Walmart and Kroger.
Of the deliberate fleet of 100 Tesla Semi vans, 15 can be deployed from Modesto and 21 from Sacramento. Taking that under consideration, the images above counsel the goal for the Modesto facility has virtually been met.
As for the remainder of the fleet, O’Connell mentioned PepsiCo is concentrating on a rollout within the central US subsequent, adopted by the East Coast.
In the identical interview, the chief additionally revealed that PepsiCo is upgrading its charging infrastructure with 4 750-kilowatt Tesla charging stalls at each its Frito-Lay Modesto and Pepsi Drinks Sacramento areas in California.
The Tesla Semi is at present inbuilt low volumes at a facility close to Gigafactory Nevada. The EV maker lately introduced a $3.6 billion growth of Giga Nevada for Tesla Semi mass manufacturing and 4680 battery cell manufacturing.