PepsiCo to use over 700 EVs for Frito-Lay deliveries by year's end

The electric delivery vehicles will be deployed in the US

Frito-Lay will dispatch over 700 electric vehicles (EVs) for deliveries this year in the U.S., according to a press release Thursday from parent company PepsiCo. 

Frito-Lay linked the move to PepsiCo Positive, an initiative that has sustainability goals related to agriculture, supply chains and ingredients. 

Photo of a bag of Lay's Classic chips.

Lay's potato chips in a Target store in Los Angeles Feb. 1, 2020.  (Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images / Getty Images)

"As a collective of America’s most beloved brands, we have the unique opportunity to create a real impact by boldly innovating the way food is grown, made and shared," PepsiCo Foods North America CEO Steven Williams said in the press release.

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Frito-Lay projected about 7,000 fewer metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with the EV use.

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"At Frito-Lay we recognize that the power of partnerships with entities, companies and third parties is key to achieve this goal," Frito-Lay told FOX Business. "The over 700 electric delivery vehicles that were announced today include partnerships with Ford, BYD, Peterbilt, and others."

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PepsiCo Lay's brand chips for sale at a Dollar General in Simpsonville, Ky., Aug. 12, 2021.  (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

The brand has previously taken steps to make its fleet and operations more sustainable.

At its Modesto, California, plant, Frito-Lay added renewable energy storage, BYD electric yard tractors, Tesla Semis and Peterbilt electric box trucks, according to a January press release. In the previous year, a 40-truck fleet consisting of Ford eTransits for the Dallas-Fort Worth area was unveiled. 

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Several years ago, PepsiCo placed an order seeking 100 Tesla Semi trucks. The company received three dozen of them at the beginning of December, according to a page of PepsiCo’s website.

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A Tesla Semi electric truck parked outside the Frito-Lay manufacturing plant in Modesto, Calif., Jan. 18, 2023.  (Benjamin Fanjoy/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Frito-Lay counts Lays, Doritos, Cheetos, Sun Chips and others among its brands.