Food Giant Supports CNG Market with Public Fueling Stations
PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay unit said yesterday that its compressed natural gas truck fleet this month reached the milestone of more than 100 million miles in the U.S. And, the company said, “Critical to the expansion of Frito-Lay’s CNG fleet has been the development of a national infrastructure for alternative fuel.”
“We believe it is critical to have a national infrastructure for alternative fuel to make the industry viable,” Frito-Lay senior supply chain director Mike O’Connell told F&F.
“To date, there are 16 CNG public fueling stations around the country at which Frito-Lay is a major customer,” he said, noting that Questar and Trillium CNG are infrastructure partners.
More Than 500 CNG Vehicles
The most recent CNG station anchored by Frito-Lay is the Questar public CNG fueling station in Buttonwillow, Calif., which officially opened in June (F&F, May 2).
“We continue to work with our partners to evaluate needs for additional fueling stations,” O’Connell says.
Frito-Lay says it began leveraging CNG technology in 2011, placing 16 CNG freight trucks in service. “Today, the Frito-Lay CNG fleet has grown to more than 500 vehicles, representing more than 35% of the company’s long-haul inventory,” states yesterday’s release.
The company says it maintains “the seventh largest commercial fleet in the United States with approximately 22,000 vehicles, including everything from cargo vans up to Class 8 tractor-trailers.”
“We currently maintain the largest commercial fleet of EV trucks in the United States,” O’Connell says.
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