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PepsiCo has dropped about $2 million on 100 Tesla Semi-electric trucks in what is the largest pre-order of the recently unveiled vehicle to date.

The downpayment for each truck is now $20,000 after Tesla raised the original pre-order price from $5000.

“The semi-trucks will complement PepsiCo’s U.S. fleet of nearly 10,000 big rigs and are a key part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by a total of at least 20 percent by 2030,” said Mike O‘Connell, senior director of the North American supply chain for PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay.

According to O’Connell, the new vehicles will be put to use delivering lighter loads like snacks or short and quick shipments of heavier beverages. Not surprising considering fellow competitors, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch and Sysco Corp have also placed orders for the Tesla Semi.

So far, Tesla has already amassed nearly 270 pre-orders of the truck, with production set for 2019.

For more on the Tesla Semi, here’s a quick price breakdown of the new vehicle.

  • Source: Reuters
  • Main & Featured Image: Tesla Inc.

Candice Nembhard is a writer and journalist based in Berlin.

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