Tesla has finally delivered its long-awaited electric semi truck, which CEO Elon Musk revealed five years ago, to the public five years after announcing its conception. It was at a ceremony held at Tesla Semi’s factory in Sparks, Nevada, that the first Tesla Semi trucks were handed over to Pepsi at an event for the company.
As soon as it was announced that the Tesla Semi was coming to market, Pepsi placed an order for 100 trucks. Additionally, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, and UPS are among the customers who remain in the waiting list.
At least five Semis were displayed at the event, which were branded with PepsiCo and Frito-Lay logos. As Pepsi has previously announced, it intends to use up to 15 Tesla Semis to turn its Modesto, California Frito-Lay facility into a zero-emission facility by 2019.
The long-delayed Semi had started production a few months ago, as Must tweeted a couple of months ago. In addition, in December 2022, the first batch of vehicles will be delivered to customers.
In 2017, Musk unveiled a prototype for an electric Class 8 truck, which was to be put into production by December of the following year. In recent years, delays have overtaken the trucking program. Due to supply chain challenges as well as the limited availability of battery cells, Tesla indicated during its second quarter 2021 earnings report that it would have to push production to 2022.
Originally, the retail price for the 300-mile version of the Semi was set to retail for $150,000, while the 500-mile version of the Tesla Semi was set to retail for $180,000. The price of Tesla’s Semi truck is still not revealed, however, as of right now, Tesla hasn’t confirmed it.