Kindly reposted from the Frito-Lay Snack Chat Blog.

Today, Frito-Lay North America put our wheels in motion for a more environmentally-friendly fleet: Five electric-powered delivery trucks hit New York City and will start servicing Frito-Lay routes this month.In total, we plan to put 21 electric trucks on U.S. streets in 2010 (additional trucks will be in Fort Worth, Texas and Columbus, Ohio). And, we plan to roll out 150 additional electric trucks in 2011, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America!

Last summer, we announced our relationship with Smith Electric Vehicles, the nation’s top manufacturer of battery-electric commercial trucks and producer of the Newton, which is the only all-electric commercial truck on the market. These trucks generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge.

Smith Electric is a leader in the development of commercial electric trucks designed to operate at peak effectiveness in urban environments. Specific benefits associated with Smith’s all-electric trucks include:

•    Can run up to 100 miles on a single charge

•    Zero tailpipe emissions

•    Emits 75 percent less greenhouse gas than diesel

•    Operates virtually silently, eliminating noise pollution

•    Provides a long term economically viable solution

The rollout of our electric trucks also supports Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, which is an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency of cars and other vehicles in New York City.

I think you’ll agree that New Yorkers (and soon, folks in Texas and Ohio) can feel even better about eating their favorite snacks now, since we’ll be bringing many of them to market in an environmentally-friendly way!

Click here to read the full press release.

Happy snacking,

Kristin H