In the USA, Frito-Lay will put a new electric fleet into operation, serving Carrollton in the Dallas Fort Worth area. The first pilot Ford E-Transit truck has arrived, with 40 to follow later this summer.
Ford’s E-Transit has proved very popular, providing more power for its size than competitors. While Frito-Lay has not said exactly which model it will be putting into operation, the Ford E-Transit offers eight configurations, including a cargo van with three roof heights and three lengths, plus a chassis cab and cutaway model.
Ford says the electric van has a range of up to 126 miles, or 203 kilometres, for the low roof version. With the middle roof (more cargo space, but less-optimal aerodynamically) it is still 116 miles (187 kilometres), with the high roof 108 miles (174 kilometres).
“We are excited to welcome the first Frito-Lay electric fleet in the City of Carrollton,” said Carrollton City Manager Erin Rinehart. “Carrollton’s vision is to be the community that families and businesses want to call home and we love to learn about businesses supporting the City of Carrollton.”
Frito-Lay North America is the $19 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, Inc. , which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Just over a year ago, we reported that Frito-Lay was aiming to replace all existing diesel-powered vehicles at its Modesto manufacturing plant in California, with zero-emission (ZE) or “near-zero-emission” (NZE) vehicles by the end of 2021.
Back in 2019, Frito-Lay recieved 6 Peterbilt fully-electric trucks. At the time, Frito-Lay said it was proud to be the first customer for the 220EV. “Frito-Lay is continuously exploring current and emerging technologies for our freight equipment as we work toward reducing PepsiCo’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030,” said Michael O’Connell, Vice President Supply Chain at PepsiCo.
The company is aiming to make their business as sustainable as possible. Frito-Lay claims, among a number of other sustainability measures, it has already achieved 100 percent renewable electricity for all of its US plants, offices, and distribution centers.
“Frito-Lay recognizes our opportunity to utilize our size and scale to advance technology throughout our supply chain while reducing environmental impacts as we move our products more sustainably with a goal to achieve Net-Zero emissions by 2040,” said David Allen, vice president of sustainability, PepsiCo Foods North America.
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