Pepsi adds 50 more Tesla Semis to its electric fleet in California

Pepsi Semis

PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) recently announced the expansion of its electric-powered fleet across California.

The company said in a statement in the next several months, 50 Class 8 Tesla Semi trucks will operate out of its manufacturing and distribution facility in Fresno, California, and 75 Ford E-Transit electric vans will join the company's equipment services fleet across the state. The electric vehicle deployment will help the company progress toward its ambitious pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) goal to reach net zero emissions by 2040, according to the company.

"Our fleet electrification is an important part of our pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) strategy and illustrates how sustainability is a core business strategy at PepsiCo— good for the planet, good for our business, and good for the communities we serve," said John Dean, President for PepsiCo Beverages North America, West Division.

PBNA's Fresno location is a 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with a fleet operation that distributes PepsiCo products. At the facility, eight 750-kilowatt Tesla chargers and two Tesla Megapack Battery Energy Storage Systems have been installed to power the electric Semis.

Across all of PBNA's 13 locations in California, PBNA is deploying 75 Ford E-Transit electric vans, which will serve a variety of applications, including sales deliveries and service support.

The deployment of electric vehicles in Fresno also kicks off a job training program for students enrolled in Reedley College and Duncan Polytechnic High School. The program educating over 100 students, annually, focuses on developing hands-on job training in the field of electric trucks and infrastructure maintenance.