- Pepsi ordered 100 Tesla Semis. Potential clients include Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, and UPS.
- Production will start in December 2022.
- Supply chain issues and lack of battery cells forced Tesla to delay manufacturing until 2022.
Tesla officially delivered its first electric semi truck five years after CEO Elon Musk unveiled it. There was a ceremony at Tesla’s factory in Sparks, Nevada, in which the first Tesla Semi trucks were delivered to Pepsi.
Since the unveiling of the Tesla Semi in December 2017, Pepsi has placed the order for 100 vehicles. Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, and UPS are just some of the other potential clients.
At least five Tesla Semis, branded with PepsiCo and Frito-Lay, were spotted at the event. Pepsi has already admitted that it will employ at minimum 15 of the Tesla Semis to make its Frito-Lay site in Modesto, California, emission-free.
Must announced a few months ago via Twitter that work had finally begun on the much-delayed Semi. Additionally, shipments will start in December 2022.
Before delaying the launch of manufacturing until December 2019, Musk showed off a prototype of the an electric Class 8 truck in 2017.
There have been many setbacks in the trucking schedule. Tesla announced in its earnings report for the second quarter of 2021 that supply chain issues and a lack of battery cells would force the company to delay manufacturing until 2022.
In 2017, the 300-mile and 500-mile variants of the Tesla Semi were expected to sell for $150,000 and $180,000, respectively. Yet, Tesla has not yet announced the Semi’s price.