Frito-Lay (a Pepsi company) entered into an agreement to buy 176 all electric trucks more than two years ago, and announced yesterday that their electric fleet, one of the largest in the country, had surpassed 1,000,000 miles, thereby foregoing the need over over 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
“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. We are now in position to more quickly accelerate our strategy and grow the electric vehicle fleet.” said Mike O’Connell, senior director of fleet capability.
By announcing the purchase of a further 100 Newton 2000 all-electric vehicles, Frito-Lay expects to save over 500,000 gallons a year.
Besides having no tailpipe emissions, the trucks can travel about 100 miles on every charge. In a separate transaction, Frito-Lay is also purchasing 67 CNG trucks from Freightliner, that will cut emissions by 23%, and eliminate more than 900,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.