Tesla To Showcase Semi Performance and Efficiency in 'Run on Less' Trucking Event

By Kevin Armstrong
One of PepsiCo's Tesla Semis
One of PepsiCo's Tesla Semis
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Tesla's Semi is set to participate in the Run on Less trucking industry event beginning September 11. In collaboration with PepsiCo, Tesla will showcase its innovative, sustainable approach to trucking as the first independent performance data for Tesla's all-electric Class 8 semi-truck is unveiled during the three-week event. Tesla's participation in the event is highly anticipated, given the company's reputation for disrupting the automotive sector.

In an interview with Automotive News, Amanda DeVoe, sustainability and technology director of the fleet at PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration, saying, "We're really excited to participate in the run and allow the industry to have access to the insights and the learnings that we are getting from experiencing these vehicles."

First independent performance data of Tesla's Semi

The Run on Less event will closely monitor the performance of the Tesla Semi, providing invaluable insights into the electric truck's real-world capabilities. This information will be of great importance to the trucking and freight industries, as Tesla's revolutionary electric class 8 truck has the potential to redefine sustainable trucking.

Throughout the event, the Tesla Semi will be put to the test, operating with maximum payload and traveling up to 500 miles round trip. Data sets made public during the event will include distance traveled, the effect of speed and distance on a battery charge, and weather conditions encountered by the vehicles. With trucks operating from seven depots in California and one in New York, the event will offer a comprehensive look at the performance of electric trucks in various conditions.

Event to showcase the real-world capabilities versus the Competition

The Run on Less event will feature electric trucks from other brands, such as Nikola, Freightliner, and Volvo. However, the focus on Tesla's Semi underscores the company's significance in the electric vehicle market and the trucking industry's eagerness to learn more about its revolutionary technology.

Tesla has already made impressive claims about the Semi, including a range of 300 to 500 miles and the ability to charge up to 70 percent of its range in just 30 minutes. Additionally, the electric semi-truck is projected to save $200,000 in fuel expenses over three years of operation, highlighting the potential for environmental and financial benefits.

As the trucking industry eagerly awaits the results of the Run on Less event, all eyes are on Tesla to showcase the future of sustainable trucking and the true capabilities of its electric Class 8 truck. This event marks an exciting step forward in Tesla's ongoing mission to revolutionize the automotive and trucking industries.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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