Lime Energy and SCIenergy Install CS-100s
For Battery Smith EVs in Vast Frito-Lay Fleet
PepsiCo/Frito-Lay’s not talking, but industry sources concur that Lime Energy and SCIenergy have installed Level II ClipperCreek chargers to support nearly 200 battery electric Newton trucks operated by the snack food giant across the U.S.
Frito-Lay driver Shannon Douglas charges a Smith Newton with ClipperCreek charger at recent Frito-Lay open house in Orlando (reported at pluginrecharge.com, photo by Mark Thomason of Palmer Electric)
PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America unit said last year that it would deploy 176 battery electric trucks from Smith Electric Vehicles (F&F, September 20, 2010). Frito-Lay is Smith’s largest customer, accounting for 66% of its vehicle sales, or more than $21 million, for the first six months of 2011. Frito-Lay operates more than 20,000 vehicles, Smith notes.
Lime Energy said late last month that it’s completed the design and installation of 90 electric vehicle chargers in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York under a $2 million contract. Lime won’t name its customer, but confirms that the work involves ClipperCreek chargers in support of Smith EVs.
“Lime embraced the opportunity to provide a solution,” executive VP for operations Jim Smith said in a release.
‘A Savings of 30-40%’
As Servidyne, SCIenergy secured a similar contract, reporting that a 10-charger pilot program in Fort Worth led to a $1.75 million contract to install chargers at eight more sites for a total of nearly 80 in seven states (including Florida, where ClipperCreek chargers for Smith EVs could be seen at a recent Frito-Lay open house, detailed at pluginrecharge.com). Servidyne and Scientific Conservation, Inc. merged this past summer to form SCIenergy.
According to Lime Energy, “The benefits of utilizing electric vehicles continue to accrue in today’s marketplace. Along with state and federal grants, electric vehicles offer reduced annual maintenance costs, more favorable utility rates, and integrated controls. One-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector, and switching vehicles from liquid fuels to the electric grid will have a dramatic impact on emission reduction goals,” the company said late last month.
illustration from a Servidyne case study shows ClipperCreek charger and ‘snack food company’ electric truck
“Ultimately, our customers can achieve a savings of 30-40% by switching to electric delivery vehicles as part of their overall energy efficiency program design,” said John O’Rourke, Lime’s President and CEO. “This offers an attractive return on investment and Lime’s unique capability to design and install these charging stations will continue to be a part of our portfolio of clean energy solutions.”
ClipperCreek’s CS-100 charger is rated at a powerful 80 amps continuous. ClipperCreek claims the first UL-approved EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) line produced in America.