Frito-Lay will deploy 21 electric delivery trucks this year. The company projects it will roll out 155 additional trucks in 2011, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America. The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge.
New York will be the first of three cities in the US, along with Columbus, Ohio and Ft Worth, Texas, where Frito-Lay will be piloting electric trucks on regular daily routes. The company has already deployed six electric trucks in Canada.
An initial 5 electric trucks all begin routes in New York City this month. The initial rollout in New York was funded through a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
There are real economic and environmental benefits to electric trucks. Once the planned 176 electric trucks are deployed we will eliminate the need for 500,000 gallons of fuel annually. Each truck emits 75% less greenhouse gases than a conventional diesel truck.—Mike O’Connell, director of fleet capability for Frito Lay North America
With the seventh largest privately owned fleet in the US, Frito-Lay has set a goal of becoming the most fuel efficient fleet in the country.