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National Clean Fleets Partner: Frito-Lay

Photo of Frito-Lay's all-electric delivery trucks.

Frito-Lay is aiming to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the country. In 2011, the company deployed 176 all-electric medium-duty delivery trucks, eliminating the need for 500,000 gallons of fuel per year and cutting emissions by 75% compared to diesel trucks. In addition, Frito-Lay's fleet includes more than 600 hybrid electric sales cars and rapidly expanding use of propane and natural gas. Additional significant fuel savings are being realized through driver training and use of GPS.

Fast Facts

  • Joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership: April 2011
  • Headquarters: Plano, TX
  • Operations: Global
  • Strategies and Technologies: Natural gas, propane, hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles, biodiesel, driver training, telematics

Frito-Lay Delivers With Electric Truck Fleet

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Aug. 9, 2012

Leading the charge in California, Frito-Lay rolls out growing fleet of all-electric delivery trucks

PLANO, Texas – Senior leadership from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division was joined today by California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Matt Rodriquez, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and Gregory Winterbottom, chairman of the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee to announce the growth of Frito-Lay's California electric truck fleet. Once all of the vehicles are deployed by the end of 2012, California will be home to 105 all-electric delivery trucks, the largest deployment in any state.

Electric trucks reduce fuel consumption, noise pollution, and carbon dioxide emissions, compared to traditional delivery trucks. By the end of this year, Frito-Lay will have more than 275 electric trucks deployed in the United States, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in the country. In May of this year, Frito-Lay reached a milestone of one million all-electric miles driven.

The initial rollout of all-electric trucks in California has already eliminated the need for an estimated 50,000 gallons of fuel and 1 million pounds of greenhouse gases. When all 105 trucks are deployed by the end of this year, Frito-Lay expects to eliminate 200,000 gallons of fuel and nearly 4.5 million pounds of greenhouse gases annually in the state of California. The new all-electric trucks will operate from distribution centers located throughout California: Alameda, City of Industry, La Mirada, Manteca, San Diego, San Jose, and Torrance.

"With the continued introduction of electric vehicles into our fleet, Frito-Lay continues to assert its commitment to environmental sustainability," said Leslie Starr Keating, senior vice president, supply chain for Frito-Lay North America. "Nearly 20% of our medium-heavy-duty delivery trucks in the state of California are slated to be transitioned to all-electric vehicles. We have seen the accelerated growth and acquisition of this innovative technology because of the support from California. It's these private and public partnerships that create the momentum that alternative fuel vehicles need to become even more competitive."

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