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Tesla’s Pepsi Semis lose to Coca-Cola’s electric Renault Trucks

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Renault Trucks has helped Coca-Cola beat Pepsi and Tesla Inc. in electric deliveries.

Renault Trucks has helped Coca-Cola beat Pepsi and Tesla Inc. in electric deliveries.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Plc, the biggest soft drink bottler by revenue, will start using battery-powered trucks of the brand owned by Volvo AB for local trips in Belgium on Thursday. Tesla is due to deliver its first Semis to PepsiCo Inc. on December 1, five years after Elon Musk showed off the prototypes and began accepting deposits.

When Tesla first introduced the Semi in November 2017, Musk said it would go into production two years later. While prospective customers including Walmart Inc. and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA made deposits, the automaker ended up prioritizing production of Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport utility vehicles while grappling with supply chain issues. .

Renault Trucks is well aware of the late arrival of the Semi. The company mocked Tesla last month with a video showing two workers putting up a Semi billboard proclaiming it to be the future of trucks, then driving away in a Renault electric truck.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners said it will source Renault E-tech D and E-Tech D Wide trucks that can travel around 200 kilometers (124 miles) per day. More vehicles will arrive at the bottling company’s sites in Belgium in the coming months as it pushes to reduce carbon emissions. The Semi is a larger, heavier vehicle with an estimated range of 500 miles, according to Tesla’s website.

PepsiCo has booked 100 Semis and expects to roll out an initial 15 by the end of the year. It plans to use them at two plants in California and has said on Twitter that it will provide more details once it receives the vehicles.


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