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Frito-Lay CNG Fleet’s 100 Million Miles

August 5, 2016 in CNG, Companies, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.”
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Questar New CNG in California, Colorado

May 2, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

Frito-Lay Is the Anchor Tenant for Public Access Stations

Utah-based Questar Fueling has opened new public-access CNG fueling stations in Denver and in Buttonwillow, Calif., serving Frito-Lay and other fleet operators.
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Trillium CNG Is Lauded by Frito-Lay

May 12, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alt Fuel Supplier Singled Out Among All Suppliers

In what may be a first for an alternative fuel supplier, Trillium CNG has been recognized as Supplier of the Year by the fleet division of Frito-Lay North America. Jennifer De Tapia, director of market development, accepted the honor from Frito-Lay fleet sustainability manager Ken Marko at PepsiCo’s Annual Fleet Summit.

Market development director Jennifer De Tapia (left) and Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher with the PepsiCo Supplier of the Year trophy at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas.

Market development director Jennifer De Tapia (left) and Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher with the PepsiCo Supplier of the Year trophy at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas.

Trillium CNG earned the award for superior customer service and operational excellence in supporting Frito-Lay’s network of one private and nine public access CNG stations.

2.2 Million GGEs-Plus

Trillium dispensed more than 2.2 million GGEs to Frito-Lay last year. The stations had uptime rates approaching 100%.

“Additionally,” says Trillium, “Frito-Lay recognized Trillium CNG specifically for its proactive safety procedures and on-site safety training.”

The next ACT Expo has been scheduled for May 2-5, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas

Smith EVs Is Back With Chinese Backing

May 10, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, investments, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$35 Million Joint Venture Means ‘Stability, Capital, Capacity’
As FDG Will Supply Smith and Capitalize on Smith’s Past Work
For Expanded Line of Fully Battery Electric Commercial Vehicles

With 12 million on-road miles on its all-electric delivery truck fleet, Smith Electric Vehicles is transitioning from demonstration phase to scale, with the announcement the week of ACT Expo 2015 of a $35 million joint venture with Hong Kong-based battery and vehicle producer FDG Electric Vehicles Limited.

The JV allows Smith to “go to our partners and say, ‘We have stability, capital, capacity,’” business strategy and process VP Terry Pageler told F&F-powered ShowTimes in Dallas.

Smith Electric Vehicle ‘Newton’ truck operating in Frito-Lay’s Dallas-area fleet was shown at ACT Expo 2015. It has 36,000 miles on its odometer.

Smith Electric Vehicle ‘Newton’ truck operating in Frito-Lay’s Dallas-area fleet was shown at ACT Expo 2015. It has 36,000 miles on its odometer.

Smith’s customers include Coca-Cola, FedEx Express, Staples and Frito-Lay, Smith’s largest customer, whose 88-kilowatt-hour 2012 Smith Newton was shown at ACT Expo. It’s one of 265 Smiths in the company’s national fleet, says Mike O’Connell, Frito-Lay senior director of fleet operations.

Smith Resumed Production in January

“The trucks have been great. Drivers like them. They meet all our needs.”

The JV trucks will incorporate Smith’s platform, control software and subsystems in a new 12,000- to 16,500-GVW range truck with FDG’s batteries. A modular approach will let customers choose battery capacity of roughly 20 to 160 kilowatt-hours, depending on their unique needs, Pageler said in Dallas. The trucks will be assembled in Kansas City.

According to the FDG announcement, Smith restarted production of its re-tooled Newton line of commercial battery electric trucks in January, and “expects to scale up manufacturing operations in the United States over the coming 18-24 months commensurate with the launch of this new product.”


The new JV company “is to bring world-class next generation technology to accelerate commercial fleet electrification in the U.S. market.” In addition to Smith’s Newton truck, it will offer the Smith Drive, Smith Link and Smith Power subsystems, as well as the new all-electric commercial EV, lithium ion batteries and all-electric powertrain, “as well as infrastructure, energy contracts and financing.”

A New, ‘Ground-Up’ Platform

The new 12,000- to 16,500-GVW Smith-FDG truck is promised in multiple configurations including cab/chassis, van, including step-through van, and transit. “Unlike existing offerings in this GVW range, which are modified versions of passenger vans or require a separate upfit, this platform has been designed, from the ground-up, exclusively for long-life commercial applications like postal and parcel delivery and people transit,” the announcement says.

Smith Electric Vehicles has long been making the case for battery-powered commercial vehicles. This image is from a Smith Newton technical manual from September 2012.

Smith Electric Vehicles has long been making the case for battery-powered commercial vehicles. This image is from a Smith Newton technical manual from September 2012.

“It will complement the existing all-electric Newton platform, which is currently offered in the 14,000- to 26,000-GVW range.”

“The JV will contract exclusively with Smith Electric for product development services, vehicle manufacturing, service and support, and with FDG for the supply of lithium ion batteries and SKD [semi knocked down] kits.”

Smith’s existing Newton trucks are based on chassis from Avia Ashok Leyland in the Czech Republic.

‘The Time Is Now’

“We believe the time is now for market acceptance of commercial electric vehicles,” Smith CEO Bryan Hansel says in the JV announcement. “We are seeing all of the indications that the market that we helped establish has now turned the corner from the R&D phase to the commercial phase.

“In establishing this JV, we believe this will accelerate our new technology platform development,” Hansel said. “The new company leverages FDG’s ground-up commercial all-electric vehicle designs and its electric vehicle manufacturing facility, which can produce up to 100,000 vehicle per annum, as well as Smith’s 12 million-plus miles of commercial vehicle experience to offer a complete fleet electrification solution.”

“FDG believes that the electric vehicle is the future mainstream of the global automotive industry and that’s why we are a pure electric vehicle company,” said FDG executive chairman Cao Zhong.

‘Mutual Recognition of Each Other’s Technologies’

“We deeply value our relationship with Smith and the formation of the JV represents the mutual recognition of each other’s technologies, the mutual respect for both teams’ professionalism, dedication and passion for electric vehicles. The combined force will be well positioned as a global leader,” he said.

FDG, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is described as “a vertically integrated electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturer engaged in the R&D, production and distribution of all-electric vehicles.”

FDG has EV plants in Hangzhou and Kunming and lithium ion battery plants in Jilin and Tianjin.

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Source: FDG & Smith EVs, Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas

Frito-Lay’s Roden: ACT Expo Keynoter

January 9, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Why – and HOW – PepsiCo Will Become Most Fuel-Efficient in U.S.

ACT Expo 2015 will feature Gregg Roden, senior VP of productivity and sustainability of Frito-Lay North America, as a keynote speaker at the May 4-7 gathering in Dallas. He’ll tell why and how the $13 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo is aiming to be the most fuel-efficient fleet in the country, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2017.
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Amp Trillium Opens Canton CNG Outlet

December 23, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Frito-Lay Is the Anchor Tenant for Public Access Station

Frito-Lay will be able to fuel three trucks at once at the new Canton station by Amp Trillium.

Frito-Lay will be able to fuel three trucks at once at the new Canton station by Amp Trillium.

Amp Trillium has opened a fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling station in Canton, Ohio, south of Akron west of Interstate 77, with Frito-Lay as the anchor tenant.

The station features proprietary hydraulic intensifier technology from partner Trillium CNG, and as such will allow three Class 8 trucks to fuel simultaneously at ten to 12 gasoline gallon equivalents per minute.

A Growing Network

“Amp Trillium’s CNG station in Canton further expands our growing network of sustainable and efficient fueling stations for large fleets,” Donna Rolf, president and general counsel of partner AmpCNG, said in a release.

The station is located just off U.S. Highway 30, across from Frito-Lay’s Canton plant. It is open 24/7 and accepts all major credit cards.

Plenty of room in Canton...

Plenty of room in Canton…

AmpCNG has a biomethane-fed CNG station in Fair Oaks, Ind., as well as CNG outlets in Sellersburg and Lafayette, Ind., Perry, Ga., Harrold, Rosenberg, Amarillo, Sweetwater and Waco, Texas, and Orlando, Fla. There are, in addition, nearly half a dozen AmpCNG stations in Wisconsin: Green Bay, Green Bay/DePere, Wausau, Sturtevant, and Appleton.


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Questar Opens Dallas CNG Station

October 24, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Will Support Frito-Lay and Other Area Fleets

Utah-based Questar Fueling has opened a public-access compressed natural gas station in Dallas to provide fast fills for natural gas vehicles operated by Frito-Lay and other fleet operators with medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
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Amp Trillium Perry, Evo Trillium Texas

March 26, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Joint Venture CNG Stations in Georgia and Texas

Amp Trillium is formally opening its compressed natural gas fueling station in Perry, Ga. today. Separately, the Evo Trillium joint venture has broken ground for a CNG station at the Central Freight Lines terminal in Fort Worth.
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Amp-Trillium CNG for Frito-Lay in Florida

March 1, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Orlando Public Access Station Yet Another in the Network for Frito-Lay

AmpCNG, Trillium CNG, Frito-Lay and state and local officials celebrated the opening of a public-access fast-fill compressed natural gas fueling station in Orlando.
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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.

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Northville CNG for Frankfort, Indiana

April 15, 2013 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Frito-Lay Is Among the Customers at Four-Position Station

Northville Natural Gas has opened its first compressed natural gas fueling station, at Frankfort, Ind. The new public access facility is located off I-65 at Exit 158.
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Frito-Lay Seeks CNG

October 20, 2012 in CNG, NGVs, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Floats RFP for Large Public Stations that It Will Anchor

Frito-Lay is seeking to help establish a viable compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure nationwide, and has tasked its FL Transportation Inc. unit to find builders of large, public-access CNG stations. Frito-Lay will itself be the anchor customer, committing if necessary to specific CNG usage volumes.

Bids are due at the end of next month (details below).
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Frito-Lay CNG Trucks in Wisconsin

September 12, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trillium CNG for Fueling, More Stations as Fleet Expands

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay is adding 12 new long-haul CNG trucks to its fleet in Beloit, Wisc., to distribute product across the upper Midwest (Wisconsin, Illinois, and parts of Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota).
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Frito-Lay Closes in on 300-EV Fleet

August 13, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Frito-Lay Talks Up California’s Largest EV Truck Fleet

“California will be home to 105 all-electric delivery trucks, the largest deployment in any state,” PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America unit said last week as the company hosted officials including California Governor Jerry Brown at the Frito-Lay distribution center in Torrance, Calif.
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First EVI Battery Trucks to UPS

August 5, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Stockton, Calif.-based Electric Vehicles International has begin delivery of 100 fully battery electric delivery trucks to UPS.

post updated on August 13

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100 More Smith EVs for Frito-Lay

May 12, 2012 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

With a Million Miles Logged, Firm Vows to ‘Quickly Accelerate’

Pure battery electric trucks operated by PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division “have charged their way to a million miles,” the company said May 10, noting that 176 vehicles from Smith Electric Vehicles have eliminated the need for approximately 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel – and will be augmented by 100 Newton Series 2000 Smith EVs this taking the all-electric fleet to more than 280 units.

Frito-Lay also operates Daimler Freightliner M2-chassis battery trucks from California’s Electric Vehicles International (the EVI-MD; F&F, March 26).
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Frito-Lay Adding Natural Gas Trucks

April 18, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Frito-Lay is adding 49 compressed natural gas Freightliner trucks to a test fleet of 18, and will deploy them at upwards of half a dozen locations to gauge their performance.

“Our strategy is to put several units in six or seven locations,” senior fleet director Mike O’Connell told F&F.
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