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Frito-Lay CNG in Beloit and Beyond

June 19, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pepsico Unit Opens in Beloit and Pledges Seven More Stations:
Trillium CNG & Questar to Build Five & Two for Public Access

Frito-Lay is unveiling its inaugural compressed natural gas fueling station at a ceremony with top executives, and government official in Beloit, Wisc this morning – and is spreading the word that Trillium CNG and Questar have been picked to build five and two more CNG stations, respectively, for public access.

Frito-Lay is to deploy 208 CNG-fueled tractors by year-end.

Frito-Lay is to deploy 208 CNG-fueled tractors by year-end.

Frito-Lay will expand its own fleet of heavy duty CNG vehicles to 208 tractors this year. “Once deployed, the 208 CNG tractors will make up 20% of Frito-Lay’s fleet and will be located at 50% of production locations, making Frito-Lay’s CNG fleet one of the largest CNG fleets in the U.S.,” the company says.

The seven new CNG fueling stations, along with three others to be in operation this year, will begin at a total expected annual volume of two million gallons and grow to a little over eight million gallons in five years, the firm adds.

‘Deep Commitment to the Environment’

“This initiative to build much-needed natural gas infrastructure for large commercial vehicles is part of Frito-Lay’s deep commitment to the environment,” Frito-Lay North America senior director for fleet operations Mike O’Connell said in a release.

“When all 208 CNG tractors are in service, Frito-Lay will eliminate 7,863 metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of more than 1,125 cars per year,” O’Connell said.

Frito-Lay last year issued a multi-site competitive RFP to potential partners, guaranteeing to purchase a base volume from that vendor’s station once built – giving vendors the support they need to justify building natural gas infrastructure.

‘Depth and Breadth of Industry Knowledge’

The bidding process was supported by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (F&F, October 20).

Questar and Trillium CNG emerged as the winners.

“Trillium and Questar were able to demonstrate depth and breadth of industry knowledge through the RFP process.” O’Connell said. “They really rose to the top as trusted partners, and we look forward to working with them.”

In addition to building the new station in Beloit, Trillium will be responsible for new outlets in Jonesboro, Ark.; Orlando, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; Rosenberg, Texas; and Perry, Ga.

EVs Too

Questar will be responsible for building stations in Killingly, Conn., and Topeka, Kan.

Frito-Lay says it hopes to reduce its total U.S. fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020, compared to 2007 baseline, supporting parent PepsiCo’s commitments to environmental sustainability.

One of Frito-Lay's Smith Newton trucks gets a ClipperCreek charge in New York. David Goldman photo

One of Frito-Lay’s Smith Newton trucks gets a ClipperCreek charge in New York. David Goldman photo

Frito-Lay, in addition to CNG vehicles, has introduced all-electric trucks to its delivery fleet. In 2012 the firm said it would purchase 100 all-electric commercial vehicles from Smith Electric Vehicles, bringing the total number of its electric fleet to more than 280. These electric trucks eliminate the need for approximately 500,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year.

Frito-Lay notes too that its investment in the Beloit CNG station was supported by the State of Wisconsin and the Department of Energy.

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Source: Frito-Lay with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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