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PepsiCo reserves 100 Tesla all-electric semi-trucks in largest public pre-order

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By Benjamin Raven

braven@mlive.com

A top PepsiCo executive confirmed to Reuters on Monday, Dec. 12 that the company has reserved 100 of Tesla's new all-electric semi-trucks. 

The order is the largest known pre-order of the Tesla semitrailer that the electric car maker's CEO Elon Musk says will "blow your mind clear out of your skull." Mike O'Connell, PepsiCo's senior director of the North American supply chain for Frito Lay, said the company is looking to cut down on fuel cost and its emissions. 

In addition to Michigan-based Meijer stores, Reuters notes that PepsiCo joins Walmart, J.B. Hunt Transport and Sysco as big companies in on the pre-order. O'Connell declined to comment on the amount paid to Tesla, but the pre-order down payment has gone from $5,000 to around $20,000. 

Tesla has not revealed what the full price of the electric semi-truck will be, but Musk said, according to A.P., that they are "confident that this is a product that's better in every way from a feature standpoint." 

The Palo-Alto-based company unveiled its all-electric semi-truck a month ago in mid-November. Tesla says on Twitter that the Semi's drivetrain comes with the guarantee to last 1 million miles, or equal to about 40 trips around the Earth.

Musk has said it is capable of going 500 miles on a single electric charge even while hauling an 80,000-pound load. Production on the semis is expected to begin sometime during 2019. 

The semitrailer will come with Tesla's Autopilot system, which is the car maker's driver assistance system that uses sensors, radar and cameras to steer, speed up and slow down a vehicle based on traffic and road conditions. It will also come equipped with a system that doesn't only warn the driver about a lane departure, but one that actively keeps the truck in its lane. 

Source : http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2017/12/pepsico_reserves_100_tesla_all.html

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