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Tesla Semi production starts, Pepsi gets first electric trucks

Elon Musk announced that Tesla will start Tesla Semi production and Pepsi will get the first electric trucks from December 1st.

The Tesla Semi, an all-electric Class 8 truck, was unveiled back in 2017. At the time, it was expected to arrive as soon as 2019.

The vehicle program was delayed for years, and until recently was not expected to go into production until 2023.

However, Elon Musk surprisingly announced in August that the Tesla Semi would actually begin shipping later this year.

Today, the CEO confirmed that Tesla has started production of the electric truck:

Musk reiterated that the vehicle has a range of 805 km on a single charge.

Tesla Semi-electric trucks are manufactured in Nevada near Tesla̵[ads1]7;s Gigafactory. Last year, Electrek exclusively reported that Tesla was building a production line for the Tesla Semi in a new building near the Gigafactory

At the time we were told that the production equipment being installed would be for about 5 electric trucks per week. Tesla plans to move to higher volume production at Gigafactory Texas.

In today’s tweet, Musk announced that Pepsico would receive the first Tesla Semi deliveries on December 1st.

Following the launch of the Tesla Semi in 2017, PepsiCo placed one of the largest orders for the Tesla Semi: 100 electric trucks to add to its fleet.

The company planned to use 15 of those trucks for a project to convert the Frito-Lay Modesto, Calif., facility into a zero-emissions facility.

Last year, PepsiCo said it expected to take delivery of the 15 Tesla Semi trucks by the end of the year before it was delayed again.

Although the company didn’t get its Tesla Semi trucks last year, Tesla installed a Megacharger station for the trucks at its Modesto facility, leading many to believe it would be the first to receive the electric truck.

Electrek’s Take

This is exciting. The Tesla Semi has real potential to change the game in the trucking industry with its useful range of 500 miles and efficiency of less than 2 kWh per mile.

At $0.20 per kWh, that’s an operating cost of $0.40 per mile. That’s about half the running costs of a diesel car.

Considering that companies can spend up to $80,000 on fuel per year per truck, you can imagine how going electric could be very attractive.

If successful, it could rapidly electrify the trucking industry and significantly reduce emissions from freight transport.

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