Mississauga, Ontario – Frito Lay Canada will introduce six zero-emission electric vehicles into its delivery fleet, making it the first food manufacturer in the country to use such vehicles. The trucks will be based at Frito Lay Canada’s major distribution centres, with three in Brampton, Ontario; one in Ottawa; one in Surrey, British Columbia; and one in Laval, Quebec.
The vehicles, built by Smith Electric Vehicles, each have a range of 60 kilometres on a charge, which meets the needs of the majority of the routes from the designated distribution centres. The vehicles will be powered on the grid, offset by renewable energy credits, and at the end of the battery lifespan, which is three to five years or longer, they will be returned to Smith Electric for recycling.
“Electric vehicles are good for the environment because they do not use fossil fuels and they do not produce greenhouse gas or particulate emissions during operation,” said Helmi Ansari, sustainability leader for Frito Lay Canada. “We’ve been striving to reduce our footprint on the planet for many years, and energy conservation has long been a strategic initiative for the company. Today’s introduction of electric vehicles to our fleet brings us one step closer to our vision of a fleet that’s comprised of several types of highly-efficient vehicles that meet our various route needs and driving distances across the country.”