Tesla to Deliver First Semi Trucks to Pepsi 3 Years Late

Elon Musk stands in front of a Tesla semitrailer truck in 2017.

Many years ago, it seems, Elon Musk announced the articulated lorry. Now we can finally see them on the streets.
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Midst drama revived With Twitter causing whiplash around the internet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is doing one of the things he’s best at: distracting the public with a shiny new statement.

Thursday night Musk tweeted that Tesla would finally deliver its long-promised Semi Truck, a purely electric vehicle, says the company able to go 500 miles (805 kilometers) on a single charge and planned to make its first deliveries to PepsiCo on December 1 — or about three years after Tesla told PepsiCo it would get the trucks. In a statement to GizmodoPepsiCo confirmed that it was expecting the trucks at two plants in California on that date.

Considering Musk’s notorious habit of missed deadlines – and how busy he was Buy Twitter, diss it, move out of the deal and then says he will buy it anyway— that the Semi is behind schedule is no surprise.

“We are excited to announce the start of production of the Tesla Semi Truck with deliveries to @Pepsi on December 1st!” Musk wrote on twitter, Add to: “Range of 500 miles & great driving pleasure.”

Tesla announced its semi-trucks back in 2017 and fast received reservations from well-known companies like Walmart, DHL, Anheuser Busch and PepsiCo, all of which had to Fork over a deposit between $5,000 and $20,000 per vehicle. In terms of full price, the company has said that the base 300-mile (483-kilometer) range model will cost an estimated $150,000, while the 500-mile (805-kilometer) range model will cost approximately $180,000 will cost.

Based on Musk’s tweets from Thursday and then Augustit seems that Tesla started to produce the 500 mile models this year. It’s not clear when the 300-mile models will start deliveries, although Musk promised December first in his tweet.

PepsiCo reserved 100 semi-trucks in 2017 to reduce fuel costs and emissions Reuters.

“If you order the truck now,” Musk said on Semi’s revelation 2017: “In two years you’ll have it.”

companies that took Musk at his word and therefore expected to receive their sleek and shiny semi-trucks in 2019. TThat didn’t happen. Instead, Tesla poured its energies into producing the Model 3 and Model Y. During that time, it also faced supply issues with battery cells and semiconductors, Bloomberg reported.

Shall we take Musk at his word? At this point, it’s like flipping a coin. He could try using Twitter to divert attention from his beef, or even try to reassure Tesla shareholders that everything is fine since Tesla’s stock has fallen and he plans to use it to pay Twitter. Musk made his proclamation about two hours after he tweeted “Plot Change!” in response to news that Twitter turned down his re-offer for the company. became Tesla shareholders increasingly nervous on the billionaire’s drama with Twitter over the past few months and fear that owning Twitter will distract him from Tesla at an important time.

PepsiCo certainly appears to believe him, according to a statement the company provided to Gizmodo Friday morning.

“We can confirm that PepsiCo will receive the first electric Tesla Semis on December 1, 2022 to support our Frito-Lay plant in Modesto, California and our PepsiCo beverage plant in Sacramento,” the company said in an e-mail. Mail. “We look forward to this next step in our journey to becoming PepsiCo Positive and will share further details once we have received shipment.”

For reference, the “PepsiCo positive journey” refers to that of the company plans to transform its operations for the good of the planet. This contains the goal of achieving net-zero emissions throughout the supply chain by 2040.

While PepsiCo’s testimony lends credence to Musk’s announcement, I think we know him well enough at this point to say that when we see the Semis at PepsiCo, we’ll believe it.

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