According to Reuters, Tesla is working with several companies (Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and UPS) to build charging stations at their facilities.
Tesla will help provide design and engineering services but it wasn’t disclosed what portion of the building costs Tesla would pay for, if any.
PepsiCo has reserved 100 Tesla Semi trucks and has held multiple meetings with Tesla to discuss charging, according to Pepsico executive Mike O’Connell.
Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40 Tesla Semi trucks and is looking to install charging stations at large breweries and other locations, according to their senior director of supply chain, James Sembrot.
UPS has ordered 125 Tesla Semis and is looking to work with Tesla to build on-site charging stations according to Scott Phillippi, their global engineering director.
The Tesla Semi was revealed in November 2017 and the major value proposition presented was a cheaper way to transport goods for trucking companies. A Tesla Semi can go up to 500 miles on a single charge.
The Tesla Semi is also able to go 0-60mph with a 80,000 lbs load in 20 seconds.
According to Tesla, the Tesla Semi will be equipped with Enhanced Autopilot that “helps avoid collisions, a centered driver position provides maximum visibility and control, and a low center of gravity offers rollover protection.”
The expected based price is $150,000 for the 300 mile range version and $180,000 for the 500 mile range version.