PLANO, Texas, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division, already a leader in the use of all-electric delivery trucks, is adding 20 electric vehicles to its fleet in upstate New York, along with 20 innovative and enhanced electric vehicle charging stations.
Representatives from Frito-Lay were joined today by New York State Senator Kathy Marchione and Janet Joseph, vice president for technology and strategic planning at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to announce the news at a celebratory event at the Frito-Lay Clifton Park Distribution Center.
Once the new all-electric trucks are deployed, New York will be home to 35 Frito-Lay all-electric trucks, the company's second largest deployment in any state.
Additionally, the new highly automated charging stations will help optimize the future of electric vehicles. Frito-Lay is the first commercial test subject for these charging stations, which will not only improve how the Frito-Lay fleet is utilized, but also relay important information to the state for a better understanding of electric fleets.The new all-electric trucks will operate from distribution centers located throughout New York, including in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and New Paltz. These distribution centers will also have the advanced charging stations. "The introduction of these enhanced charging stations is a significant step forward for the Frito-Lay fleet as we continue on our sustainability journey," noted Mike O'Connell, senior director of fleet operations for Frito-Lay North America. "Not only will the stations benefit our operations in real-time, they also allow the state of New York to gain a better understanding of the vehicles, providing the critical information needed for the state to continue to invest in this alternative vehicle technology." To support the introduction of charging stations, Frito-Lay received funding through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Charge NY initiative, which seeks to grow electric vehicle use in the state by helping to create a statewide charging station infrastructure. Last month, Governor Cuomo launched the New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (VIP), which offsets the increased cost of investing in electric and other alternative-fueled vehicles. The program is expected to increase fleet investment in electric trucks around the state. Companies like Frito-Lay recognize the value and are supportive of the VIP program.