Major Corporation Raises the Bar with Alternative Fuel Use

Frito-Lay has been using a compressed natural gas fleet, CNG, for transport across the country. Over 100 million miles have now been accounted for by the fleet. The number of trucks has also grown from 16 to over 500. CNG has not only supplied the alternative fuel trucks, but also the fueling stations to make this possible. This is important because it makes alternative fuel more accessible rather than relying on diesel alone.

Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo Inc., reached a major milestone in August when its compressed natural gas truck fleet logged more than 100 million miles driven on routes across the United States.

Frito-Lay began leveraging CNG technology in 2011 with 16 CNG freight trucks, according to the company; the fleet has grown to more than 500 vehicles, representing more than 35% of its longhaul inventory.

PepsiCo, based in Purchase, New York, ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest shipper-owned trucks fleets in North America. “Increasing the efficiency of our vehicle fleet is a key component of achieving PepsiCo’s overall goal to reduce GHG emissions,” Michael O’Connell, senior director of supply chain, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, said in a statement.

Frito-Lay, based in Plano, Texas, said critical to the expansion of its CNG fleet has been the development of a national infrastructure for alternative fuel. Frito-Lay is a major customer at 16 CNG public fueling stations around the country, according to the division. These fueling stations not only provide fuel for Frito-Lay CNG freight trucks, but they also make fuel available for other companies currently using or considering alternative-fuel vehicles.

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