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Frito Lay Canada Adds 6 EVs to Delivery Fleet

June 22, 2010

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA - In collaboration with Transport Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Frito Lay Canada has introduced zero-emission electric vehicles into its delivery fleet. 

Six vehicles will be based at Frito Lay Canada's major distribution centers across Canada - three in Brampton (ON), one in Ottawa (ON), one in Surrey (BC) and one in Laval (QC). 

Frito Lay Canada is a division of PepsiCo Canada. 

The electric vehicles were manufactured by Smith Electric Vehicles. Each EV has a 60-kilometers-per-day (37 miles) range, which meets the daily kilometer needs of the majority of the routes from the designated distribution centers. The six electric vehicles will be powered by electricity from the grid, offset by renewable energy credits. At the end of the battery lifespan (three to five years or longer), they will be returned to Smith Electric for recycling.  

"Electric vehicles are good for the environment because they do not use fossil fuels and they do not produce greenhouse gas or particulate emissions during operation," said Helmi Ansari, sustainability leader for Frito Lay Canada. "We've been striving to reduce our footprint on the planet for many years, and energy conservation has long been a strategic initiative for the company. Today's introduction of electric vehicles to our fleet brings us one step closer to our vision of a fleet that's comprised of several types of highly efficient vehicles that meet our various route needs and driving distances across the country." 

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