Frito Lay's Electrically Charged Delivery Trucks
Frito-Lay has five fully electric delivery trucks in New York City. If the company keeps replacing diesel-run trucks with electric ones, there will be 171 electric delivery trucks in its fleet when all is said and done.
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Amazingly, the electric trucks, despite hauling tons of weight over long distances, can go 100 miles on a single charge, and emit 75 percent less greenhouse gas than diesel trucks.
It's not just a lower greenhouse gas emitter, the electric vehicles also run quieter, which translates into a reduction in noise pollution. When gas guzzling trucks are replaced by electric ones, cleaner air will allow for better visibility, reducing both air and visual pollution.
The lithium ion batteries allow the trucks to run at the top speed of 50mph. It recharges in six to eight hours, which makes them ideal for day-long delivery schedules with overnight charging.
New York will be the first of three cities in the US to get the trucks. The other cities are Columbus, Ohio and Fort Worth, Texas.
The project is funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Let's hope other states will, in time, see the benefits of such funding and begin to allocate financial support to similar projects so that numerous other retailers, regardless of size, can start using electric trucks for their deliveries as well.
Frito Lay has also test run electric trucks on its delivery routes in Canada, and not surprisingly, it works as well there as it does in the U.S. This is yet another example of how, unless a company is willing to take calculated risks, to invest in and explore better options, none will be found.
The million dollar question is, if long-distance trucking of heavy loads can use electric vehicles, why aren't all vehicles electric yet?