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Frito Lay blazes electric trail


September 2, 2010
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One of Frito Lay Canadas Electric trucks. Photo: Pepsico Canada 

Frito Lay Canada has become Canada’s first food manufacturer to introduce zero-emission electric vehicles into a delivery fleet.

Earlier this summer, the company started using six electric delivery trucks manufactured by Smith Electric Vehicles at its major distribution centres across Canada. Three are being used in Brampton, Ontario, one is in Ottawa, one in Surrey, British Columbia and one in Laval, Quebec.

The vehicles are powered by electricity from the grid and offset by renewable energy credits. At the end of each battery’s lifespan—in three to five years, or longer—Smith Electric will recycle it.

Each of the vehicles has range of 60km per day, which meets the daily needs of the majority of the routes from the distribution centres.

“Electric vehicles are good for the environment because they do not use fossil fuels and they do not produce greenhouse gas or particulate emissions during operation,” says Helmi Ansari, sustainability leader at Frito Lay Canada.

“We’ve been striving to reduce our footprint on the planet for many years and energy conservation has long been a strategic initiative for the company.” Ansari added that the introduction of the trucks brings the company one step closer to a fleet comprised of several different types of energy-efficient vehicles.

Such efforts are becoming familiar territory for the company. Frito Lay Canada has clearly articulated its sustainability goals: to use less water, electricity and fuels while reducing waste from everything it makes, moves and sells.

And sustainability is paying off; in 2009, the company was rewarded for its efforts with SCL Canada’s Green Supply Chain Award, which is sponsored by Transport Canada.