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Frito-Lay CNG Trucks in Wisconsin

September 12, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trillium CNG for Fueling, More Stations as Fleet Expands

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay is adding 12 new long-haul CNG trucks to its fleet in Beloit, Wisc., to distribute product across the upper Midwest (Wisconsin, Illinois, and parts of Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota).

CNG Freightliner M2 112 for Frito-Lay with Agility-supplied, factory-installed back-of-cab array (75 DGE), awaiting Agility installation of right and left rail mount tanks for 80 DGE more, thus 155 total.

The trucks, supplied by Kansas City Freightliner, have Cummins Westport 8.9-liter ISL G dedicated natural gas engines, and CNG cylinder arrays by Agility Fuel Systems.

The 12 new Freightliners are part of Frito-Lay’s larger plan to deploy 82 CNG trucks by the end of this year and an additional 100 to 200 by the end of 2013, states an NGVAmerica report.

“Frito-Lay retires 125 trucks a year and would like to replace as many as possible with those powered by natural gas,” the association says. “The trucks will be able to travel 800 miles without refueling, which has allowed Frito-Lay to build just the one centralized fueling station.”

More to Come

Frito-Lay is ordering a variety of Agility systems, says Kansas City Freightliner’s Phil Trump: back-of-cab and both left and right side rail-mount tanks for 155 diesel gallon equivalents, back-of-cab and one side for 115 DGEs, and back-of-cab only for 75 DGEs. Agility is using Type IV cylinders from Quantum for the side-mounted fuel storage and Type III tanks from Worthington-SCI for the back-of-cab stacks.

Trillium CNG is building a private CNG fueling station at Frito-Lay’s Beloit factory – a big consumer of natural gas anyway for food processing, with a high-pressure feed. The trucks will hit the road before the station is complete, but Frito-Lay has made temporary arrangements to fuel the trucks in the meantime, NGVAmerica said.


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