The Tesla Semi demonstrated promising results in a real-world testing event, highlighting its effectiveness in range, charging efficiency, and overall performance. During the Run on Less event, hosted by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, a Tesla Semi, managed by PepsiCo, covered an impressive 1,076 miles in one day, thanks to three quick 750-kW charging sessions.
Interestingly, for 11 days out of the 18-day event, the truck was loaded with over 70,000 pounds, nearing the maximum limit for Class 8 trucks and reflecting typical conditions in the logistics industry. Amanda DeVoe, PepsiCo's Director of Fleet Transformation and Strategy, was pleased with the truck’s performance, citing its compatibility with the company's operational requirements.
John Boesel, CEO of Calstart, acknowledged Tesla’s achievements in vehicle range and rapid charging capabilities. The Tesla Semi averaged 574 miles per day throughout the event, while WattEV’s Nikola Tre BEV managed 255 miles per day.
These results are significant as the push towards sustainable transport intensifies. With California planning to halt the sale of internal combustion engine trucks by 2036, the Tesla Semi’s performance underscores the potential for widespread adoption of electric trucks in the logistics and transportation sectors.