Pepsi to get Tesla electric trucks in Q4

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PepsiCo Inc wants to get its first Tesla set electric trucks in the fourth quarter, said the top boss of the packaged food manufacturer, Ramón Laguarta, in an interview with CNBC on Monday.

The maker of soda Mountain Dew and Doritos chips in December 2017 reserved 100 of Tesla semi electric trucks as it sought to reduce fuel costs and the fleet emissions.

Transportation accounts for 10% of PepsiCo’s gas emissions, according to Laguarta. The company had previously said that it was aiming to use the trucks to ship snacks and beverages between manufacturing and distribution centers, as well as to retailers.

PepsiCo and Tesla did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comments.

Walmart Inc, fleet operator JB Hunt Transport Services Inc and food distributor Sysco Corp have also placed orders for semi-trailers from Tesla.

Last month, rental car The Hertz firm said it would order 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of 2022.

(Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor and Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Edited by Shinjini Ganguli and Arun Koyyur)

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