Frito-Lay to use electric trucks

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division is setting in motion what will ultimately be the largest fleet of commercial all-electric trucks in North America. New York City will become the first city to receive the fully-electric delivery trucks.

In total, Frito-Lay will be deploying 21 electric trucks this year. The company projects it will roll out 150 additional trucks in 2011, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America. The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge.

The initial rollout in New York was funded through a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

With the seventh largest privately owned fleet in the United States, Frito-Lay has set a goal of becoming the most fuel efficient fleet in the country.

Frito-Lay is working with Smith Electric Vehicles, a manufacturer of battery-electric commercial trucks. Smith Electric produces the Newton, which is the only all-electric commercial truck on the market.