PepsiCo picks Tesla, Ford for California EV fleet

PepsiCo picks Tesla, Ford for California EV fleet

PBNA ordered 50 Class 8 Tesla Semi trucks, 75 Ford E-Transit electric vans to more than triple size of its EV fleet.

PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) is expanding its electric vehicle fleet, adding 50 Class 8 Tesla Semi trucks and 75 Ford E-Transit vans. The company said this electric vehicle deployment will help the company progress toward its goal to reach net zero emissions by 2040.

“Our fleet electrification is an important part of our pep+ strategy and illustrates how sustainability is a core business strategy at PepsiCo— good for the planet, good for our business, and good for the communities we serve,” said John Dean, president for PepsiCo Beverages North America, West division.

The Tesla trucks will operate out of its manufacturing and distribution facility in Fresno, CA. PBNA’s Fresno location is a 170,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility with a fleet operation that distributes PepsiCo products including Pepsi, STARRY, Gatorade, Rockstar, Aquafina and more. Eight 750-kilowatt Tesla chargers and two Tesla Megapack Battery Energy Storage Systems have been installed at the facility to power the electric Semis.

The 75 E-Transit vans will be deployed across all of PBNA’s 13 locations in California, serving a variety of applications, including sales deliveries and service support.

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One of the Ford E-Transit vans being used in California by PepsiCo Beverages North America.

PBNA said the deployment of electric vehicles in Fresno also kicks off a job training program for students enrolled in Reedley College and Duncan Polytechnic High School. The program educating over 100 students, annually, focuses on developing hands-on job training in the field of electric trucks and infrastructure maintenance.

According to PepsiCo, the company’s participation in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) 2023 Run on Less Electric Depot demonstrated the ability to seamlessly integrate electrified Semis into PBNA’s business through the Tesla Semis operating out of PBNA’s Sacramento facility. Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) also has a fleet of Tesla Semis that operate out of their Modesto, CA facility, and FLNA’s Queens, NY, facility participated in NACFE’s 2023 Run on Less with a fleet of Ford E-Transits.

PBNA said expanding its electric fleet is supported by a grant provided by the California Air Resources Board, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and the California Energy Commission as part of their California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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