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Frito Lay Orders 176 Smith Newton Electric Trucks

Trucks will be deployed in New York City; Columbus, Ohio; and Fort Worth, Texas

Published: 14-Sep-2010

SMITH Electric Vehicles U.S. Corporation (Smith US) is to deliver 176 all-electric trucks to leading snack producer Frito-Lay.

Smith US delivered five all-electric commercial trucks this week to Frito-Lay, bringing the snack company closer to becoming the largest fleet operator of electric trucks in North America. In total, Frito-Lay will deploy 21 electric trucks this year. Smith US will deliver the remaining 155 trucks during 2011, creating the world’s largest fleet of electric commercial vehicles.

“Frito-Lay is a corporate leader in environmental awareness,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO of Smith Electric Vehicles. “Frito-Lay is committed to lowering its carbon footprint and seeking alternative fuel sources for its fleets of vehicles. Our delivery today is another validation for the all-electric truck market in the United States.”

Launched in the USA in 2009, the Smith Newton electric truck delivers a top speed of 50 mph and offers a battery ranges from 50-120 miles on a single charge. It operates at peak effectiveness in urban applications that demand heavy stop-and-go driving. A single overnight charge provides more than enough range for most urban delivery routes.

Current Smith Newton customers in North America include AT&T, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Staples.

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Specific benefits associated with the Smith Electric trucks include:

New York will be the first of three US cities where Frito-Lay will be piloting electric trucks on regular daily routes, along with Columbus, Ohio; and Ft Worth, Texas,. The company has already deployed six electric trucks in Canada. Frito-Lay’s commitment to sustainable alternatives to diesel is part of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, which is an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency from cars and other vehicles in New York City.

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