Three years later than expected, the first production versions of Tesla’s Semi trucks were finally
delivered to customers during an event at the carmaker’s Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada on December
CEO Elon Musk personally drove one of the five trucks out in front of the crowd before a brief speech.
Standing between the Semis wrapped in Pepsi and FritoLay branding
Musk spoke about the need to reduce carbon emissions before pivoting to talking up the selling points of the trucks.
It looks sick,” Musk said, gesturing at one of the vehicles. “You want to drive that. I mean, that thing looks like it came from the future.”
The first delivery of Tesla Semis went to PepsiCo, which placed an order for 100 trucks back in December 2017.
Other customers waiting for deliveries include companies like Walmart, UPS, FedEx, and Anheuser-Busch
most of which placed orders numbering in the dozens. PepsiCo plans to use at
least 15 of the Semis to achieve zero-emissions status at its Modesto, California Frito-Lay facility.
In 2017, Musk said the Tesla Semi would run on Autopilot, the automaker’s advanced driver assistance system
but made no mention of it at the recent delivery event. It appears that prices will also rise sharply from
Musk’s 2017 estimates of $150,000 for the 300-mile range version and $180,000 for the 500-mile version.
But many of the other specs have remained the same, including a tri-motor system that allows the truck to easily cruise by conventional gas-powered trucks pulling the same load