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Five More EVI Medium Trucks for Frito-Lay

March 25, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by rich  |  No Comments

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.

Detroit-based EVI sales VP Frank Jenkins with Freightliner chassis EVI-MD flatbed at the 2012 Work Truck Show's Green Truck ride-and-drive in Indianapolis.

Detroit-based EVI sales VP Frank Jenkins with Freightliner chassis EVI-MD flatbed at the 2012 Work Truck Show’s Green Truck ride-and-drive in Indianapolis.

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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