PLANO, Texas – Frito-Lay North America is adding more than 1,200 fuel-efficient Sprinter vehicles to its nationwide fleet, which will help the company improve miles per gallon (MPG), continue to cut energy costs, and reduce emissions.
The new Sprinter vehicles improve gas mileage to 17 MPG, which is more than 50% over current route trucks. These new vehicles, which are used to deliver snack food products every day, offer additional product and safety features, which include larger cargo capacity and advanced driver and front passenger air bags. The improved MPG and more efficient 3.0 liter diesel engines translate into a 28% reduction of CO2 emissions per vehicle.
“Converting 10% of the trucks that distribute our products to stores daily across the country is a positive step toward making Frito-Lay’s fleet the most efficient and safest,” said Mike O’Connell, director, fleet, Frito-Lay North America. “Equally important is managing and improving the impact our fleet has on the environment. Sprinter vehicles are the latest step we’ve taken to meet our goals to help reduce greenhouse emissions and improve overall productivity of our fleet.”
Over the last five years, Frito-Lay’s fleet team has implemented a number of programs to improve the company’s fleet performance. Key areas of focus include aerodynamics, light weight materials, driver behavior, advanced technology and strategic partnerships. Frito-Lay has been a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program since 2005, which allows the company to save fuel, costs and the environment by identifying products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions.
“Lowering fuel consumption is one approach to reduce costs and our environmental impact, but in the future new emerging technologies and advances in hybrids, fuel cells and hydrogen might move us away from gasoline all together,” added O’Connell.
The Sprinters will roll out across the country, with major deployments in California (165), New York/Northeast (200) and Texas (116). All vehicles should be in market by March of 2009.
This latest effort is part of PepsiCo's commitment to reduce the use of water by 20 percent, energy by 20 percent and fuel consumption by 25 percent by the year 2015.
Frito-Lay North America is the $11 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Purchase, N.Y. In addition to Frito-Lay, PepsiCo business units include Pepsi-Cola, Quaker Foods, Gatorade and Tropicana.