Best Practices in Emissions-Reduction Strategies

January 2013, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Frito-Lay Rolls Out Fleet of All-Electric Delivery Trucks
California is home to Frito-Lay’s 105 all-electric delivery trucks. The company now has more than 275 electric trucks deployed in the U.S., making it the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in the country, according to the company. In May 2012, Frito-Lay reached a milestone of 1-million all-electric miles driven.

The initial rollout of all-electric trucks in California eliminated the need for an estimated 50,000 gallons of fuel and 1 million lbs. of greenhouse gases (GHG). Frito-Lay expects to eliminate 200,000 gallons of fuel and nearly 4.5 million lbs. of GHG annually in the state of California with its entire electric-vehicle fleet. The all-electric trucks will operate from distribution centers located throughout California.

“Nearly 20 percent of our medium- and heavy-duty delivery trucks in the state of California are slated to be transitioned to all-electric vehicles,” said Leslie Starr Keating, senior vice president, supply chain for Frito-Lay North America.

In the U.S., Frito-Lay hopes to reduce its total fuel consumption and GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2020, compared to its 2007 baseline. This effort supports PepsiCo’s commitments to environmental sustainability, particularly in fuel and GHG reduction. Across PepsiCo, in addition to electric trucks, the company has introduced 267 hybrid-electric trucks and 67 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors; 176 hybrid-electric vehicles and 14 CNG tractors are scheduled to operate in California.

Once all of the electric trucks are fully deployed across the U.S., Frito-Lay will eliminate the need for 500,000 gallons of fuel annually.

Waste Management Leans on CNG
Waste Management launched a fleet of 25 clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and unveiled Louisville, Ky.’s first public-access, 24-hour CNG fueling station. According to the company, the fleet is the first of its kind in Kentucky, replacing heavy-duty collection trucks with new state-of-the-art vehicles that run on CNG.

Waste Management will roll out additional CNG-powered collection vehicles in the area in the future.

“Since natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter, we’ve made the commitment to use more in our local operations and support sustainability in this community by opening a public CNG station,” said Tim Wells, area vice president for Waste Management in Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

Waste Management collaborated with PetroCard to develop the first CNG fueling station in Louisville. The new Clean N’ Green Fuel facility, funded by Waste Management and PetroCard, makes CNG available to commercial fleets, as well as private individuals with CNG-equipped vehicles.

The self-service station will be open 24/7 and accept major credit cards as well as Clean N’ Green and other fleet cards such as WEX, Voyager, and Fuelman.

The Louisville fueling station and local CNG vehicles are one element in Waste Management’s broader sustainability efforts in Louisville and elsewhere around North America. In 2007, the company set a goal of reducing fleet emissions 15 percent and increasing fuel efficiency 15 percent by 2020.

“Each additional Class 8 diesel truck we replace with natural gas reduces diesel use by an average of 8,000 gallons per year and cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22 metric tons,” Wells said.

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