Karat Packaging says it currently has 86 trucks and trailers and provides logistics services to about 100 of its customers in California. Karat's main reason for buying Tesla's e-trucks is their advertised low cost of ownership.
"We are pleased to add alternative fuel trucks to our fleet and this purchase represents our commitment to continue to invest in environmentally friendly solutions," said Alan Yu, chairman and CEO of Karat Packaging.
Exactly when the company will receive its ten Tesla Semis remains to be seen, however, with larger-scale production at Gigafactory Texas not planned until 2023. Small-scale pre-production has apparently been underway since mid-December near Gigagfactory 1 in Nevada, where the first test vehicles for customers - likely including PepsiCo - are likely to be built.