PepsiCo's California-based electric fleet to more than triple, featuring Tesla trucks and Ford E-Transit vans

PepsiCo's California fleet to add more Tesla Semis and E-Transits

May 27, 2024
Tesla trucks will operate out of the Fresno facility and E-Transit vans will serve customers across California.

PepsiCo Beverages North America recently announced the expansion of its electric-powered fleet across California. In the next several months, 50 Class 8 Tesla Semis will operate out of its manufacturing and distribution facility in Fresno, California, and 75 Ford E-Transit electric vans will step-change the electrification of its equipment services fleet across the state. The electric vehicle deployment will help the company progress toward its goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2040.

"Our fleet electrification is an important part of our pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) strategy and illustrates how sustainability is a core business strategy at PepsiCo—good for the planet, good for our business, and good for the communities we serve," said John Dean, president of PepsiCo Beverages North America, West Division.

PBNA's Fresno location is a 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with a fleet operation that distributes PepsiCo products. At the facility, eight 750-kilowatt Tesla chargers and two Tesla Megapack Battery Energy Storage Systems have been installed onsite to power the electric vehicles.

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Across all of PBNA's 13 locations in California, PBNA is deploying 75 Ford E-Transit electric vans, which will serve a variety of applications, including sales deliveries and service support.

The deployment of electric vehicles in Fresno also kicks off a job training program for students enrolled in Reedley College and Duncan Polytechnic High School. The program, educating over 100 students annually, focuses on developing hands-on job training in electric trucks and infrastructure maintenance.

PepsiCo's participation in the North American Council for Freight Efficiency's 2023 Run on Less Electric Depot demonstrated the ability to integrate electrified trucks into PBNA's business through the Tesla trucks operating out of PBNA's Sacramento facility.

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