The drivers of PepsiCo will be riding in style come next year thanks to the company’s $2 million pre-order for 100 Semi trucks.
You may be asking, “Well, why pre-order so many fancy trucks? They’re just for transporting cargo, right?” You’re right, but also wrong at the same time.
Elon Musk’s newest additions to the Tesla line-up were engineered to reduce fleet emissions and cut down on fuel costs. This not only helps in efforts to save our atmosphere but also saves companies such as PepsiCo. and Anheuser-Busch, who have both invested in pre-orders, a ton of money in the future.
PepsiCo’s investment takes care of nearly a fraction of their 10,000-vehicle fleet, so imagine how much they’re going to end up saving long term.
Though the initial intention of PepsiCo is to use the trucks for short hauls, that could change in the future.
Mike O‘Connell, the senior director of North American supply chain for PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay, said
PepsiCo intends to deploy Tesla Semis for shipments of snack foods and beverages between manufacturing and distribution facilities and direct to retailers within the 500-mile (800-km) range promised by Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk. The semi-trucks will complement PepsiCo’s U.S. fleet of nearly 10,000 big rigs and are a key part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by a total of at least 20 percent by 2030.
O’Connell went on to further mention that,
PepsiCo is analyzing what routes are best for its Tesla trucks in North America but sees a wide range of uses for lighter loads like snacks or shorter shipments of heavier beverages.
Since its reveal last month, Tesla has acquired preorders from other companies such as Walmart, well known transportation giant JB Hunt and Ryder. There are also a number of companies planning to invest in the futuristic looking trucks.
Expect semi-trucks to look better than your own car starting next year.
[via The Verge]