By Jessica DiNapoli and Uday Sampath Kumar
Oct 7 (Reuters) – PepsiCo Inc (PEP.O) confirmed on Friday it would take delivery of Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) Semi trucks on Dec. 1, becoming the first company to receive its orders of the much-delayed electric vehicle.
PepsiCo said in a statement that the trucks would be used at its Frito-Lay plant in Modesto, California. Also, at its PepsiCo beverages factory in Sacramento. PepsiCo has been aiming to reduce fuel costs and emissions and reserved 100 of the trucks in 2017.
U.S. companies have pledged to take action to reduce their impacts on the environment. Moreover, PepsiCo aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.
Transportation accounts for roughly 10% of the Mountain Dew maker’s greenhouse gas emissions, PepsiCo’s CEO, Ramon Laguarta, has said. Its company-owned fleet traveled 1.2 billion miles last year.
Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced the start of production of the Semi truck late on Thursday on Twitter, saying the vehicles have a 500-mile (805 km) range and are “super fun to drive.”
Musk initially said the trucks would be in production by 2019. However, the timeline has been delayed by years due to parts shortages.