NEWS: PepsiCo’s @Tesla Semi Covers 1,600 Miles In Under 48 Hours In California. this is great news from Tesla Tesla semi-covered 1600 miles in just 48 hours in California.
According to statistics made available by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) Run On Less programme, the Tesla Semi is proving to be a workhorse in the real world. This is the Semi’s first independent real-world test, and the range and charging statistics look promising.
Last week, we described how the electric trucks could go over 300 miles on a single charge while carrying an unknown weight. As it turns out, one of the three Tesla Semis owned by PepsiCo that took part in the programme travelled 1600 miles in under 48 hours, using three full charges and two quick pauses for range-extender charging.
NACFE’s carbon-free transportation expert, Dave Mullaney, confirmed that these trucks carry beverages and usually don’t have empty space. Because of the heavy batteries, they can’t carry as much weight as diesel trucks, but it’s not a big difference, as per Roeth.
The weight they can’t carry is estimated to be around 2,200 to 4,400 pounds, including the extra 2,000 pounds allowed for electric trucks. Keep in mind that these weight numbers are just educated guesses, and there’s no official data on how much these Semis are actually carrying. However, it’s clear they are not driving around with empty loads.
These trucks can charge really quickly thanks to Tesla’s powerful 750-kilowatt Megachargers. In just one hour, they can go from having 5% battery to 80%. According to Geotab’s data, it took 55 minutes for the truck to charge from 18% to 80%.
However, fast charging isn’t only challenging for the truck’s battery; it also puts a strain on the power grid. Electric utilities need to pay attention to this because it’s a peek into the future of their business, says Mullaney.
Earlier this year, PepsiCo’s electrification program manager, Dejan Antunovic, mentioned that the Semi’s operational efficiency was 1.7 kilowatt-hours per mile.
This information is part of the Run On Less program, which includes other companies like UPS, Penske, and Ford, who are also using electric trucks.
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