Pepsi gets a Tesla first


New Delhi: Electric vehicle maker Tesla has begun production of its all-electric truck, and the first batch of the 500-mile range version will be delivered to PepsiCo on December 1, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter.

The base price for the 500-mile version is expected to be $180,000. Tesla also plans to launch a 300-mile version of the Semi. The base price for this version of the truck is estimated at $150,000.

Tesla Semi Truck has faced several production delays since its introduction five years ago. It is now ready for delivery. In addition to Pepsi, other potential companies awaiting orders include Walmart, DHL, FedEx, United Parcel Service and Anheuser-Busch, Digital Trends reports.

The launch of the first batch of semi-trucks is in line with announcements by Elon Musk in August, when he said deliveries of the 500-mile version of the semi-truck would begin before the end of 2022.

The Tesla Semi Truck can go from 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds when loaded to a maximum gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds. The car is powered by four independent motors for maximum power and acceleration with the goal of producing low energy costs per mile according to Tesla.

According to the report, Tesla is building its first semi-trucks near the Gigafactory in Nevada, while it is expected to mass-produce them at the Giga Texas plant near Austin. Semi-truck prototypes were seen on the roads in 2019.

As for safety features, Tesla claims, “The Semi comes with active safety features paired with advanced engine and brake controls to ensure traction and stability in all conditions. The central placement of the seats provides the driver with better visibility, while the all-electric structure reduces the risk of rollover and cabin intrusion in case of an accident.

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