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Orders for Tesla Semi flood in

Tesla has received bulk orders for its much-hyped all-electric Semi from Pepsi and UPS, each ordering over 100 of the heavy-duty vehicles. 

According to Reuters, this week's order of 125 Tesla Semi trucks for UPS is the largest order to date, edging out the Pepsi order of 100 vehicles from last week.

UPS told Reuters it has provided Tesla with data on how its trucks function on their real-world routes in order to evaluate how the vehicle should perform in its fleet.
“As with any introductory technology for our fleet, we want to make sure it’s in a position to succeed,” Scott Phillippi, UPS Senior Director for Automotive Maintenance and Engineering For International Operations, told Reuters.

The bulk orders join more than a dozen companies such as Wal-Mart Stores, fleet operator JB Hunt Transport Services, and foodservice distribution company Sysco Corp.

According to Reuters, Pepsi intends to use its Tesla Semis to transport its food products between manufacturing and distribution facilities and direct to retailers within the 500 mile (800km) range promised by Tesla Chief Executive, Elon Musk.

Mike O‘Connell, Senior Director of US supply chain for PepsiCo subsidiary, Frito-Lay, told Reuters that the Tesla Semi order is a key part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by a total of at least 20 per cent by 2030.

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