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
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
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.