Frito-Lay To Go Near Zero Emissions With Help From Tesla, BYD

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Frito-Lay’s reduced emission’s operation will employ solar power, vehicle chargers, Tesla Semis, Tesla Powerpacks, and BYD vehicles.

Frito-Lay is going all out with its emissions-reducing distribution facility. Moreover, Tesla, among others, is on board to help make it a reality. This comes as no surprise since parent company PepsiCo placed one of the most substantial Tesla Semi pre-orders early on. Specifically, the company secured 100 all-electric semis from the Silicon Valley automaker in 2017. Now, Frito-Lay will use 15 Tesla Semis, along with multiple Powerpacks to bring its plans to fruition within about two years.

The facility in question is located in Modesto and is one of the company’s most significant food distribution operations. Interestingly, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has already approved some $31 million in funds for the project. The monies are part of an ongoing effort to help curb air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley area. In addition, the state of California will cover half of the approved funds.

Frito-Lay will use the money to transform the facility in a numbers of ways. Aside from the 15 Tesla Semis, the company plans to utilize the following equipment (via the project filing as reported by Electrek):

  • 38 Volvo ultra-low carbon renewable natural gas trucks
  • 12 battery-electric BYD forklifts
  • 6 Peterbilt e220 battery-electric straight trucks
  • 3 battery-electric BYD yard trucks

Additionally, the site will use solar arrays, a natural gas fueling station, and other electric vehicle related charging and supply systems and equipment.

Source: Electrek

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I didn’t know Peterbilt made electric trucks too. I guess this implies that every truck maker is getting in on the EV revolution!

Checked Peterbilt website and no mention of electric power.

Until I see it I don’t believe it.

You cannot trust a corporation. The evil transcends all. they tell us one thing but we’ll do the complete opposite so I wouldn’t hold my breath. Unless you’re a shareholder or have some serious generational wealth our voices are meaningless.

I certainly wouldn’t trust Coyota with all the anti-EV BS they are slinging as they promote grossly inefficient and economically fool cells/H2 hoax.

Uh, no. As with all entities, particularly powerful ones like corporations and politicians, ignore EVERYTHING about them except two things: Their perceived incentives and their power. Do this objectively and corporations can be surprisingly easy to understand, and it will tell us, for example, why Toyota and Honda are still foot dragging on EVs while Hyundai/Kia and VW are being much more aggressive. Viewed this way, car makers are, as a group, spectacularly bad poker players.

So you can trust them — to do what they think is in their best interest.

I hope they still plan on the 100 Tesla semi’s, but maybe they won’t see the full 100 delivered in the first two years.

Hopefully we will get an update on Semi manufacturing at next weeks finance statement.

Does this mean they will be eliminating the bean dip too????

Frito-Lay has always been ahead of everyone in this area. They started building a fleet of 176 electric delivery trucks with a 90 mile range made by Smith Electric over 8 years ago.

Smith Electric had been making electric vehicles since 1920–they made electric milk delivery trucks in England. (Unfortunately, they fell on hard times after the Frito-Lay deal).

That’s right, we would see an electric Odwalla truck in Santa Cruz. Both owned by Pepsi (now I realize why I don’t buy Big Soda products).

This is good, I don’t eat their products except they may have organic chips. $4 a bag and more is a lot when generic organic brands are half the price.

I’m hoping that taxpayers are mostly paying the difference from dirty diesel vs a giveaway to private companies, is this true?

Edit: Just searched and they do have quite a few healthy, organic and non GMO offerings now:

Just searched and they do have quite a few healthy, organic and non GMO offerings now:

They want more oil to fry their chips than to use in their trucks.

Chips is number one choice of product for battery electric transportation.
Most of the package is just air anyway, so absolutely no issue with battery weight 😉