Tesla Delivers Electric Semi to PepsiCo at Nevada Factory

More than three years after Tesla delivered its first electric semi to PepsiCo on Thursday, Elon Musk said his company would begin making the truck.

The Austin, Texas-based company formally delivered the trucks at a factory near Reno, Nevada. The event was live-streamed on Twitter, which Musk now owns.

Musk drives one of three Tesla semi trucks in front of a crowd inside the factory. One was white, one was painted with the Pepsi logo, and the other with Frito-Lay colors.

PepsiCo, which is based in Purchase, New York, is participating in a zero-emissions freight transportation project at a Frito-Lay facility in Modesto, California. That project is being funded by a $15.4 million clean-freight technology grant from the California Air Resources Board that includes 15 Tesla battery-electric tractors and other electric- and natural-gas powered trucks.

Electric semis will also be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $40,000.

in a program November 2017 Unveiled On the Tesla Semi, Musk said production would begin in 2019 and the trucks would be able to autonomously follow each other in a convoy. But during Tesla’s third-quarter earnings conference call in October, he said the company’s “full self-driving” system isn’t quite ready to go driverless.

Musk said the truck has a range of 500 miles (800 km) per charge while pulling an 82,000-pound (37,000 kg) load. The company plans to increase Semi production in North America to 50,000 trucks in 2024.

Competitors working on hydrogen-powered semis say battery-powered trucks won’t work for long-distance carriers because the large batteries would take too long to recharge. Musk said hydrogen is not needed for heavy trucking.

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