While not exactly organic, those Frito-Lay snacks have been gaining some serious green street cred. PepsiCo’s snack division, Frito-Lay, is adding eight new all-electric trucks in Boston to their North American fleet of 176 – the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America. By the end of the year, 18 cities will see Frito-Lay’s trucks rolling by a little quieter and with a vastly reduced carbon footprint.
Frito-Lay’s green trucks are made by Smith Electric Vehicles, which has received a special visit from President Barack Obama. Rightly so – the trucks have zero tailpipe emissions and can go for 100 miles on a single charge. The eight latest trucks in Frito-Lay’s fleet program align with Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition, which seeks to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Once all 176 electric trucks hit the road, Frito-Lay will save nearly 500,000 gallons of fuel each year.
“With the seventh largest privately owned fleet in the U.S., 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,” said Mike O’Connell, senior director of fleet for Frito-Lay North America.
Frito-Lay has other green programs cooking beyond its electric delivery trucks: Just a few months ago it announced that it had revamped its food factory in Casa Grande, Ariz., to minimize consumption of electricity, water and natural gas. The company said that compared to a traditional manufacturing plant of similar size, it was using 75 percent less water and 80 percent less natural gas.