Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, achieved a major milestone this month when its compressed natural gas truck fleet logged more than 100 million miles driven on U.S. routes.
Frito-Lay first began leveraging CNG technology in 2011 when 16 CNG freight trucks were placed into service. Today, the company reports Frito-Lay CNG fleet has grown to more than 500 vehicles, representing more than 35 percent of the company’s long-haul inventory.
Critical to the expansion of Frito-Lay’s CNG fleet has been the development of a national infrastructure for alternative fuel. There are currently 16 CNG public fueling stations in the U.S. at which Frito-Lay is a major customer. Importantly, these fueling stations not only provide fuel for Frito-Lay CNG freight trucks, they also make fuel available for other companies currently using or considering alternative fuel vehicles.
Frito-Lay operates the seventh largest commercial fleet in the U.S. with approximately 22,000 vehicles, including everything from cargo vans up to Class 8 tractor-trailers. The Frito-Lay vehicle fleet is currently comprised of several different fuel-efficient models, including electric vehicle route trucks, CNG freight trucks and advanced diesel technology from some of the leading manufacturers around the world. The company says as a result of this comprehensive approach to fleet efficiency, Frito-Lay has reduced its diesel fuel use by more than 30 percent from 2008 to 2015, while also growing net revenue by 16 percent for the same period.
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