Plano, TX: PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America introduces ten new electric trucks will be rolling out in Orlando. These electric delivery trucks will ultimately be part of the largest planned fleet of commercial all-electric trucks in North America.
Electric trucks reduce fuel consumption, noise pollution and CO2 emissions, compared to traditional delivery trucks. In total, Frito-Lay will deploy 176 electric trucks this year in the US and Canada, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America.
"The electric vehicle program builds on a long-standing commitment by Frito-Lay North America and its parent company PepsiCo to environmental sustainability," says Mike O'Connell, senior director of fleet for Frito-Lay North America.
"With the seventh largest privately owned fleet in the US, we have set a goal of becoming the most fuel efficient fleet in the country, and these vehicles give us an opportunity to use the latest advances in transportation technology as a significant way to reduce our environmental impact."
The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge. Frito-Lay's fleet program aligns with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's Green Works Orlando environmental initiatives, the City's comprehensive plan to encourage environmentally-friendly lifestyles and business practices and encourage residents and visitors to Orlando to "go green." Once the planned 176 electric trucks are deployed, Frito-Lay will eliminate the need for 500,000 gallons of fuel annually.
Each truck emits 75 percent less greenhouse gases than a conventional diesel truck.
"We commend Frito-Lay for their contribution to the City of Orlando's commitment to cleaner, more sustainable transportation options," says Orlando Mayor Dyer. "We hope their initiatives - from waste reduction in production to electric trucks for delivery - are a model for other Orlando businesses to adopt similar sustainable practices."
Frito-Lay is working with Smith Electric Vehicles, the nation's top manufacturer of battery-electric commercial trucks. Smith Electric is a leader in the development of commercial electric trucks designed to operate at peak effectiveness in urban environments. Smith Electric produces the Newton, which is the only medium duty (class 4 - 7) all-electric commercial truck on the market.
Specific benefits associated with Smith's all-electric trucks include:
- Can run up to 100 miles on a single charge
- Zero tailpipe emissions
- Emits 75 percent less greenhouse gases than diesel
- Operates virtually silently, eliminating noise pollution
- Provides a long term economically viable solution
Green Works Orlando is the City's comprehensive plan to protect our natural resources, encourage environmentally-friendly lifestyles and business practices and engage everyone who lives, works and visits Central Florida in the effort to "go green." For more information, please visit www.cityoforlando.net/greenworks.