Frito-Lay Puts a Charge Into Chip Deliveries
Frito-Lay plans to have the largest fleet of all-electric
commercial trucks in North America and is headed in that direction with
the announcement that it is putting five trucks on the road making deliveries
in New York City beginning this month.
The salted snack manufacturer plans to
have 21 electric trucks operating this year in Canada and the U.S. with another
150 to follow next year. Frito-Lay currently has six vehicles operating in
Canada. The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, can go up to 100 miles
on a charge and generate no tailpipe emissions.
Frito-Lay also plans to operate
electric trucks in Columbus, Ohio and Ft Worth, Texas as part of its pilot
"Frito-Lay has implemented bold goals for reducing our use of key resources
such as fuel to ultimately help us reduce our overall environmental impact,"
said Mike O’Connell, director of fleet capability for Frito-Lay North America,
in a press release. "There are real economic and environmental benefits
to electric trucks. Once the planned 171 electric trucks are deployed, we will
eliminate the need for 500,000 gallons of fuel annually. Each truck emits 75
percent less greenhouse gases than a conventional diesel truck."
truck program is a significant step forward in the advancement of electric
vehicles," said Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith Electric
will improve their environmental impact and see cost savings with the reduction
of fossil fuels. More importantly, the insights gained operating in urban
environments will be invaluable in extending electric vehicle technology to
consumer markets in the future."
Frito-Lay is far from alone in attempting
to green its fleet. Many other companies are looking to improve fuel efficiency
and reduce greenhouse gases through a variety of means. Safeway, for example,
went to a completely biodiesel fleet in 2008. At the time, the company estimated
it would "reduce carbon dioxide
emissions by 75 million pounds annually, the equivalent of taking nearly 7,500
passenger vehicles off the road each year."
Discussion Questions: What do you think will be the fuel choice of the
future for U.S. retail distribution? Do you see a transition to alternative
fuels happening in the near-term?
- Frito-Lay Starts ‘Charge’
on Largest Fleet of All- Electric Trucks in North America – Frito-Lay North
California and U.S. Truck Fleet Goes Green – Safeway Inc.