PepsiCo has put in the biggest reservation of Tesla’s new all-electric Semi trucks to date. The company have pre-ordered 100 of the trucks unveiled by Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk last month. A PepsiCo executive said this was to help reduce the emissions and cost of their fleet.
According to Reuters, this news brings the number of reservations for the truck up to 285. Other companies who have announced pre-orders of the vehicle include Wal-Mart and Anheuser Busch. It seems that many companies are waiting to see how the truck performs in practice before making any purchases. There are concerns over how much freight the truck will be able to carry and charging times.
PepsiCo has not said how much the pre-order cost. The reservation price was initially set at $5,000 per truck but this has since risen to $20,000. They intend to use the trucks for shorter shipments that have lighter weight. The company is attempting to reduce greenhouse emissions by 20 percent by 2030.
Tesla isn’t the only company in the running to produce a fully electric semi, however. A start-up based in Los Angeles, California, called Thor Trucks have unveiled their rival ET-One. This truck has the same 300-mile range as the Tesla Semi on a single charge and even has the same price tag of $150,000. Both trucks are due to become available in 2019. While Tesla has not yet announced how much freight the Semi will be able to handle, the ET-One will be equipped to carry 40 tons of freight over the promised 300 miles.
Tesla will have a second option for customers in the form of a Semi capable of travelling 500 miles on a single charge. This comes with a larger price tag of $180,000.