Following a successful trial, Stockton, Calif.-based Electric Vehicles International has kicked off an expanded electric vehicle pilot project with Frito-Lay, which EVI notes has North America’s seventh-largest privately owned fleet.
The PepsiCo unit has committed to purchasing five additional EVI-MD trucks – medium duty battery electric vehicles based on the Daimler Freightliner M2 Business Class chassis. The vehicles have 99-kilowatt-hour lithium iron phosphate battery systems from EVI affiliate Valence Technology (NASDAQ:VLNC), and PowerPhase 150 drivelines from Colorado’s UQM Technologies (AMEX:UQM).
The result is “the most versatile and flexible class 6 electric vehicle on the market,” EVI says, boasting a 90-mile single-charge range, top speed of 65 miles per hour, and excellent hill performance.
“The EVI electric vehicles give Frito-Lay another prom-ising option to help meet our long term goal of being the greenest fleet in North America,” Frito-Lay senior director of fleet capability Mike O’Connell says in an EVI release.
Frito-Lay, said EVI sales VP Frank Jenkins, “is the ideal customer and fleet application.”
Jenkins is based at EVI’s new facility outside Detroit.
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