Elon Musk declared that Tesla is beginning Semi production and Pepsi will get the first electric trucks beginning December 1st.
Tesla Semi, an all-electric class 8 truck, was divulged back in 2017. At that point, it should come when 2019.
The vehicle program was postponed for years, and until recently, it wasn't expected to go into production until 2023.
Nonetheless, Elon Musk surprisingly declared in August that the Tesla Semi would really begin transporting later this year.
Today, the CEO affirmed that Tesla has begun production of the electric truck:
Musk reiterated that the vehicle has a range of 500 miles (805 km) on a single charge.
Tesla Semi electric trucks are being produced in Nevada close to Tesla's Gigafactory. Last year, Tesla was building a production line for the Tesla Semi in a new building close to the Gigafactory.
At that point, we were informed that the production equipment installed would be for around 5 electric trucks per week. Tesla intends to move to higher volume production at Gigafactory Texas.
In today’s tweet, Musk reported that Pepsico would get the first Tesla Semi deliveries on December 1st.
After the launch of Tesla Semi in 2017, PepsiCo placed one of the greatest orders for Tesla Semi: 100 electric trucks to add to its fleet.
The organization intended to involve 15 of those trucks for a project to turn its Frito-Lay Modesto, California, site into a zero-emission facility.
Last year, PepsiCo said that it expected to take deliveries of those 15 Tesla Semi trucks before the year's over before it was postponed once more.
While the organization didn't get its Tesla Semi trucks last year, Tesla installed a Megacharger station for the trucks at its Modesto facility, which led numerous to believe that taking delivery of the electric truck would be the first.
This is exciting. Tesla Semi can possibly change the game in the trucking industry with its valuable 500-mile range and proficiency of under 2 kWh per mile.
At $0.20 per kWh, that is a $0.40 cost of operation per mile. That is about half the cost of operation of a diesel truck.
Taking into account organizations can spend up to $80,000 on fuel per year per truck, you can imagine how going electric could be really attractive to go electric.
If successful, it could rapidly electrify the trucking industry and fundamentally cut emissions from freight transport.