Frito-Lay's first third-party shipment on an electric vehicle arrives at its Rancho Cucamonga plant, transported by Schneider's Freightliner eCascadia electric truck.

Frito-Lay North America completes first third-party electric vehicle shipment

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Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) announced its first-ever third-party shipment on an electric vehicle with Schneider National Inc., a premier multimodal provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. This is the first third-party transportation shipment on an electric vehicle (EV) for PepsiCo globally and establishes FLNA and its beloved snack products as the first to contract transport on Schneider’s electric truck fleet of Freightliner eCascadias.

“This milestone shipment underscores the importance of cross-industry collaboration in building a more sustainable food system and achieving Frito-Lay and PepsiCo Positive’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2040,” said David Allen, Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo Foods North America. “As a company with massive scale, Frito-Lay looks for opportunities to create positive change – but we can’t do it alone. By working with Schneider, we are taking an important step forward in our efforts to reduce value chain emissions and move our snack products in a more sustainable way.”

An emissions reduction of more than 70% is expected this year from the initial EV routes, versus the same shipments on diesel trucks, which is equivalent to eliminating more than 180,000 miles driven by gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from the road. Initial shipments on Schneider’s growing Freightliner eCascadia fleet will be intermodal inbound and outbound dray moves in southern California, including service to Frito-Lay’s Rancho Cucamonga distribution centre.

“As we roll out our fleet of almost 100 new battery electric trucks, we’re thrilled to offer a cleaner mode of freight transportation to valued customers like Frito-Lay, who share our goal of operating in ways that are environmentally responsible,” said Rob Reich, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Schneider. “For decades, we have been committed to improving sustainability at Schneider, and we’re proud to now be able to positively impact our customers’ operations as well. Working together, we are decreasing the carbon footprint of shipments in southern California and making a positive difference.”

Frito-Lay and PepsiCo’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2040 is guided by PepsiCo Positive (pep+), an end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability at the centre of how the company will create growth and value by operating within planetary boundaries. With third-party transportation and distribution forming 20% of PepsiCo’s emissions footprint, collaboration with partners from whom these emissions originate is critical. Frito-Lay’s partnership with Schneider lays important groundwork for an expansion of low- or zero-emissions vehicle use within its third-party transportation footprint.

Within its company-owned fleet, Frito-Lay is also making significant advancements. Among them is the recent transformation of one of Frito-Lay’s largest manufacturing facilities, located in Modesto, California, as the first to implement site-wide alternative fuel vehicles. To serve the company’s hometown market of Dallas-Fort Worth, Frito-Lay also introduced 40 100% electric, zero-emissions route trucks in 2022.

To learn more about pep+ and progress towards net-zero goals, click here.