December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America will roll out 10 new electric trucks in Orlando next year. 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.
The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge. 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."
"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 forFrito-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."
Once the planned 176 electric trucks are deployed, Frito-Lay claims it will cut fuel consumption by 500,000 gallons annually.
"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."