PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division, a leader in the use of all-electric delivery trucks, is adding 20 electric vehicles to its fleet in upstate New York, along with 20 innovative and enhanced electric vehicle charging stations.

Once the new trucks are deployed, New York will be home to 35 Frito-Lay all-electric trucks, the company's second largest deployment in any state.

Electric trucks reduce fuel consumption, noise pollution and CO2 emissions, compared to traditional delivery trucks.  Since their introduction at Frito-Lay in 2010, the initial 15 all-electric trucks in New York have eliminated the need for an estimated 27,000 gallons of fuel and 449,550 pounds of greenhouse gases.

When all 35 trucks are deployed by the end of 2013, Frito-Lay expects to eliminate 63,000 gallons of fuel and nearly 1.05 million pounds of greenhouse gases annually in New York.

To advance the introduction of charging stations, Frito-Lay received funding through the Charge NY initiative, which is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. 

The new, advanced charging stations will help optimize the future of electric vehicles.

"The introduction of these enhanced charging stations is a significant step forward for the Frito-Lay fleet as we continue on our sustainability journey," said Mike O'Connell, senior director of fleet operations for Frito-Lay North America.

"Not only will the stations benefit our operations in real-time, they also allow the state of New York to gain a better understanding of the vehicles, providing the critical information needed for the state to continue to invest in this alternative vehicle technology," he said.

In August, Frito-Lay reached a milestone of three million all-electric miles driven.  And by the end of this year, it will have 269 electric trucks deployed in the United States, making Frito-Lay the operator of the largest all-electric commercial truck fleet in the United States.

Frito-Lay expects to eliminate the need for an estimated 600,000 gallons of fuel annually once all 269 electric trucks are fully deployed. In addition, the all-electric delivery trucks: 

  • can run up to 80 miles on a single charge;
  • have zero tailpipe emissions;
  • emit 75 percent less greenhouse gases than diesel;
  • operate virtually silently, reducing noise pollution; and
  • provide a long-term economically viable solution to traditional fuel sources.

Frito-Lay is also converting part of its fleet to use compressed natural gas (CNG).  In June 2013 it opened a CNG fueling station at its Beloit, Wis. manufacturing plant to help fuel the company’s growing fleet of natural-gas-powered, large-haul tractors.

Natural gas is less expensive than diesel and CNG trucks produce 20 percent less greenhouse gas per mile than the traditional diesel trucks they replace. 

By the end of 2013, Frito-Lay plans to have 208 CNG-fueled trucks on the road supporting its operations.