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Musk says Pepsi to receive Tesla’s first Semi trucks in December


Tesla Inc is starting Semi electric business truck production and PepsiCo Inc will get the primary deliveries on Dec. 1, the electrical vehicle maker’s chief Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday.

When Musk unveiled the prototype of the futuristic, battery-powered Semi in 2017, he said the Class 8 truck would go into production by 2019.

Nevertheless, the timeline has been pushed multiple times because of part shortages and Musk said the production can be delayed to next 12 months. In August, he announced the planned production of the truck.

In one other tweet, Musk reiterated that the vehicle has a variety of 500 miles. It was not immediately clear what number of Semi trucks the electrical vehicle maker plans to provide.

The truck is anticipated to cost $180,000, although it might qualify for a tax break of as much as $40,000 under a U.S. subsidy program approved by the Senate.

Back in 2017, PepsiCo reserved 100 of Tesla’s semi-electric trucks because it sought to scale back fuel costs and fleet emissions.

In an interview with CNBC last 12 months, PepsiCo’s top boss Ramon Laguarta had said transportation accounted for 10% of the corporate’s gas emissions.

A 3-D interior view of Elon Musk’s Tesla Semi electric business truck is displayed. REUTERS

The maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips had previously said it goals to make use of the trucks to ship snack foods and beverages between manufacturing and distribution centers in addition to to retailers.

PepsiCo didn’t immediately reply to a Reuters’ request for comment.

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