PepsiCo‘s Frito-Lay has announced that it will deploy 176 electric trucks in the US and Canada before the end of the year, which will reduce fuel consumption, noise pollution and CO2 emissions. The delivery trucks have been designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, the nation’s top manufacturer of battery-electric commercial trucks.
They generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge. They also emit 75% less greenhouse gases than diesel trucks and are virtually silent so they don’t cause any noise pollution. The trucks provide a long-term economically viable solution as they will eliminate the need for 500,000 gallons of fuel each year. Mike O’Connell, senior director of fleet for Frito-Lay in North America, said:
The electric vehicle program builds on a long-standing commitment by Frito-Lay North America and its parent company PepsiCo to environmental sustainability. With the seventh largest privately owned fleet in the U.S., we have set a goal of becoming the most fuel efficient fleet in the country, and these vehicles give us an opportunity to use the latest advances in transportation technology as a significant way to reduce our environmental impact.