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Tesla Hands Over First ‘Badass’ Big Rig Semis to PepsiCo

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Tesla Inc. handed over the first of its electric Semi trucks, a milestone for the automaker more than five years after it unveiled the vehicle. “If you want the most badass rig on the road, this is it,” Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Thursday at Tesla's battery factory near Reno, Nevada.

He capped off the delivery event with a handover of key cards to two PepsiCo Inc. executives. While passenger cars get most of the buzz, electrifying big commercial vehicles is crucial to transitioning to more sustainable transportation.

Tesla estimates that while combination trucks are just 1% of the US vehicle fleet, they account for 20% of vehicle emissions.

Tesla has designed the Semi around the driver, with a central seating position, room to stand up and ample storage space. The company released footage of a 500-mile (805-kilometer) demonstration run carrying a full load from its plant in Fremont to San Diego on one charge.

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