Frito-Lay receives first Peterbilt medium duty electric model 220EV
By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk
Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced the delivery of the first Peterbilt Model 220EV to Frito-Lay. In total, six battery electric Model 220EV medium-duty trucks will be used by PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division as part of its Modesto, Cal. Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facility Project (ZANZEFF), which was announced by the company on Oct. 3.
“With Frito-Lay’s Model 220EV, Peterbilt will have 15 battery electric trucks in three applications – city delivery, regional haul and refuse—in customers’ hands running real routes and collecting real world validation data,” said Jason Skoog, vice president of PACCAR and Peterbilt general manager.
The Model 220EV is a zero-emission vehicle powered by two battery packs with a total capacity of 148 kWh and a Meritor Blue-Horizon two-speed drive eAxle. It has a range of over 100 miles and a recharge time of one hour.
“Frito-Lay is continuously exploring current and emerging technologies for our freight equipment as we work toward reducing PepsiCo’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2030,” said Michael O’Connell, vice president of supply chain at PepsiCo. “PepsiCo and Frito-Lay have a longstanding relationship with Peterbilt, and are excited to partner in the advancement of electric vehicles within our fleet and to be the first customer to put the Model 220EV in service in our delivery operations.”
Peterbilt’s Model 220EV was first introduced at CES in January 2019 and is now in the customer field trials stage, alongside Peterbilt’s Models 579EV and 520EV. In addition to customer testing, Peterbilt is undergoing validation testing at the PACCAR Technical Center (PTC) in Mount Vernon, Wash.