Less than a week ago, we witnessed brewing company Anheuser-Busch place the largest pre-order of Tesla Semi trucks, standing at a number of 40. Just today, the world-famous PepsiCo made its move on the chess board by dropping the now largest order of Elon Musk’s trucks.
Reported by Reuters, it is suggested that the company has pre-ordered 100 Tesla Semi trucks. It’s not only an investment in future transportation, it’s also an attempt to reduce carbon emission and fuel costs of its current truck fleet.
A $20,000USD deposit is required to guarantee a reservation, which essentially means that PepsiCo is paying Tesla a staggering $2 million. Not only that but if you count the potential retail price of a single truck at $150,000USD, Tesla could be handing PepsiCo a $15 million invoice – but nothing is confirmed as of yet.
These 100 trucks will only be a small fraction of PepsiCo’s fleet of 10,000 vehicles. Mike O’Connell, an executive at PepsiCo stated:
“PepsiCo intends to deploy Tesla Semis for shipments of snack foods and beverages between manufacturing and distribution facilities and direct to retailers within the 500-mile (800-km) range promised by Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk. The semi-trucks will complement PepsiCo’s U.S. fleet of nearly 10,000 big rigs and are a key part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by a total of at least 20 percent by 2030, said Mike O‘Connell, the senior director of North American supply chain for PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay. PepsiCo is analyzing what routes are best for its Tesla trucks in North America but sees a wide range of uses for lighter loads like snacks or shorter shipments of heavier beverages.”
Tesla’s Semi truck was revealed to the world last month, and it has already earnt the company a healthy number of pre-orders by big name brands like DHL and Walmart.