Frito-Lay and parent company PepsiCo have a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability, and the snack brand has delivered on another milestone as their all-electric trucks have just charged their way to one million miles.
Since going electric late last year, its fleet of 176 trucks by Smith Electric Vehicles has eliminated the need for approximately 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The all-electric trucks are used for deliveries on urban routes with fewer daily miles.
As Frito-Lay owns the seventh largest fleet in the U.S. with a total of over 20,000 trucks, the $13 billion convenient foods business holds considerable sway on green issues, and their goal to reduce greenhouse gases and fuel consumption 50% by 2020 is substantial.
“The first million miles with the electric trucks have been a journey of understanding and refining both how and where we use these vehicles, as well as providing input to help improve upon the performance for the next generation vehicle,” said Mike O’Connell, senior director of fleet capability for Frito-Lay North America.
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