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>> Tesla getting its biggest known order today for its new electric big rig, after PepsiCo reserves 100 of them. Tesla unveiled the electric semi-trucks last month, and CEO Elon Musk promised, and travel 500 miles on a single charge. Reuters' reporter, Eric Johnson.>> PepsiCo's reservation of 100 Tesla trucks is significant because it's the largest public disclosed order to date.
It's twice the number of Tesla semis reserved by food giant Cisco. And it's way more than orders placed by Walmart, JB Hunt, Rider, and other transportation logistics retail and manufacturing companies that have decided to give the Tesla a try.>> According to a Reuters tally, at least 267 Tesla trucks have been reserved, still a drop in the bucket of big rig sales.
It’s not clear how much PepsiCo paid to reserve its electric fleet. Tesla initially sought $5000 a truck to reserve, but that’s risen to about 20 grand today. PepsiCo has a fleet of nearly 10,000 big rigs in the US, and says the Tesla trucks are a key step in its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by at least 20% by 2030.
The Tesla big ridge are slated for the production by 2019, must still have a lot of work to do to convince the trucking community that it's company can build an affordable truck with the range in cargo capacity, to compete with the relativity low cost time tested diesel trucks.