PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America said it will roll out 10 new electric trucks in Orlando as part of the largest planned fleet of commercial all-electric trucks in North America. In total, Frito-Lay will deploy 176 electric trucks this year in the U.S. and Canada, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America, according to a company announcement.
“The electric vehicle program builds on a long-standing commitment by Frito-Lay North America and its parent company PepsiCo to environmental sustainability,” said Mike O’Connell, senior director of fleet for Frito-Lay North America. “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.”
The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 mi. on a single charge. Smith Electric is a leader in the development of commercial electric trucks designed to operate at peak effectiveness in urban environments. Smith Electric produces the Newton, which is the only medium-duty (Class 4 - 7) all-electric commercial truck on the market.
Frito-Lay’s fleet program aligns with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Orlando environmental initiatives, the city’s comprehensive plan to encourage environmentally friendly lifestyles and business practices and encourage residents and visitors to Orlando to “go green.”
Once the planned 176 electric trucks are deployed, Frito-Lay will eliminate the need for 500,000 gals. of fuel annually. Each truck emits 75% less greenhouse gases than a conventional diesel truck.
“We commend Frito-Lay for their contribution to the City of Orlando’s commitment to cleaner, more sustainable transportation options,” said Orlando Mayor Dyer. “We hope their initiatives - from waste reduction in production to electric trucks for delivery - are a model for other Orlando businesses to adopt similar sustainable practices.”