Frito-Lay, the snack food division of PepsiCo, will add 45 more electric delivery trucks to their existing fleet in California by the end of the year. Currently, the fleet consists of 60 electric trucks.
The vehicles, which are made by Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, Mo., the Newton truck uses lithium-ion batteries specifically designed for heavy urban driving. Smith EV also makes a smaller EV truck which is appropriately named the Edison.
Frito-Lay is to have a total of just over 100 EV trucks on the California roads by the end of the year.
According to Frito-Lay and the LA Times, these electric trucks produce 75% less greenhouse gas than similar diesel-operated vehicles and can travel up to 80 miles on a single battery charge. Frito-Lay has not announced how much each vehicle, or the complete fleet, cost, however the state of California put almost $2.2 million worth of grants and rebates to help with the current addition of vehicles. A spokesman for Frito-Lay said the investment is "a little higher" than a normal vehicle costs, but no fuel cost and less maintenance, the savings with "make the electric trucks very competitive."
Goals for Frito-Lay and PepsiCo are to create the "greenest fleet in North America," according to a spokesman. To learn more about about this project, take a look at this article from the LA Times.
Here is a quick video from Bret Giles, Eastern Sales Manager for Smith Electric Vehicles: