Frito-Lay deploys North America’s largest fleet of all-electric trucks. America’s favorite snack company is now also a world leader in the roll-out of all-electric trucks.
Frito-Lay has invested in 176 Smith Newton trucks, which it operates in the U.S. cities of New York; Columbus, Ohio; and Ft Worth, Texas. The company, which is part of PepsiCo, has also deployed Newton trucks in Canada.
Based on current fuel prices, Smith trucks offer fuel costs that are as much as 75 percent lower than diesel, along with virtually silent operations, eliminating noise pollution.
The electric vehicle program builds on a long-standing commitment by Frito-Lay North America and its parent company PepsiCo to environmental sustainability. 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.
Mike O’Connell, Director of Fleet for Frito-Lay North America
The Newton all-electric truck delivers a top speed of 55 mph (88km/h), offers a range of 50 to 150 miles (65-190km) on a single charge and a payload of over 16,000 pounds (7,250kg). It operates at peak effectiveness in urban applications that demand heavy ‘stop-and-go’ driving. A single overnight charge provides more than enough range for most urban delivery routes. Smith vehicles feature the latest in Lithium-ion battery cell technology, power management and direct drive trains.