PEPSICO will use the Tesla Semi to transport goods across North America after placing an order for 100 units.
The move by the multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation should cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 per cent by 2030.
Tesla Motors initially asked for $5,000 per unit for pre-orders, if placed at the launched, but this rose to $20,000. Prices for the Semi start at $150,000 for the 300-mile range model, and $180,000 for the 500-mile vehicle.
The new vehicle was unveiled last month by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, who is touting them as the future of trucking.
When fully loaded, Tesla says the Semi will reach 60 mph in 20 seconds, far quicker than any diesel semi-truck on the market. Remove the trailer and it’ll reach the same mark in five seconds.
And every Tesla Semi sold will come with Enhanced Autopilot as standard. Consequently, the Semi will include automatic lane keep assist and autonomous braking.
Musk also claims it will be impossible for the vehicle to jackknife, as the Semi’s independent rear wheels dynamically adjust torque.
The Tesla Semi should also be incredibly reliable, it is alleged, despite being the brand’s first attempt at a truck.
Tesla has even been so bold as to guarantee that it will not break down in the first million miles. Owners will also benefit from the brand’s new Megachargers, which can add up to 400 miles of range in just 30 minutes.