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PLANO, Texas -- Frito-Lay is adding 1,200 fuel-efficient Sprinter delivery vehicles to its fleet, according to GreenBiz.com.
The addition of the trucks is part of an effort to convert 10 percent of the snack company's transportation unit to more eco-friendly alternatives. The Sprinters get 17 miles per gallon, which is more than 50 percent higher than the miles per gallon achieved by conventional vehicles in the firm's delivery fleet.
The new trucks are expected to hit the streets starting next month. Areas receiving large shares of the purchase include the company's New York-Northeast region, which will get 200 trucks; California with 165 and Texas at 116.
The company said its other efforts to improve its fleet's environmental performance include use of better aerodynamics, lighter weight materials and advanced technology, along with a focus on best practices for driver behavior. Frito-Lay also said it has been a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay program since 2005. The EPA program is intended to help businesses save fuel, cut transportation costs and help the environment by identifying products and services to reduce fleet-related emissions.
Frito-Lay's parent, PepsiCo, has a goal of reducing fuel consumption by 25 percent and water and energy use each by 20 percent by 2015.