PepsiCo Sends Fleet of Tesla Semi Trucks to Run on Less – Electric DEPOT

PepsiCo will showcase its Tesla Semi trucks at Run on Less – Electric DEPOT. The event starts next week and will last until the end of the month. Tesla Semi will be presented among 21 electric vehicles being tracked as part of NACFE’s research on scaling electric trucks at fleet depots.

Trucks are significant polluters of the environment. Although their number is significantly smaller than passenger cars, they are responsible for a large amount of emissions. That is why it is important the trucking industry strives for decarbonization. More fleets are investing in alternative fuel vehicles, especially battery-electric trucks. In an effort to help fleets understand the benefits and challenges of battery-electric trucks in greater numbers, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is hosting the Run on Less – Electric DEPOT event.

The event will take place from September 11 to 30. It will evaluate the efficiency and also provide a “look at total depot electric energy and fuel for all the trucks per day and what that will mean in total electrical energy if all trucks at the depot are converted to electric vehicles,” according to the press release. In total, 21 trucks will be presented at “Run on Less – Electric DEPOT,” including two Tesla Semi trucks.

“As trucking works on decarbonizing, fleets are investing in more electric vehicles at their depots which brings with it many benefits but also some challenges, especially around infrastructure and charging,” says Mike Roeth, NACFE’s executive director. “Yet leading fleets are tackling those challenges and are giving us access to their operations so we can share what they are learning with the rest of the industry.”

The run will feature a variety of trucks covering a full range of duty cycles.

  • At Frito-Lay’s Queens, New York depot, two Ford E-Transit vans will be tracked operating in urban delivery.
  • At OK Produce in Fresno, California, a Freightliner eCascadia and an Orange EV will be tracked in local fruit and vegetable deliveries and terminal tractor applications, respectively.
  • At Penske’s OntarioCalifornia location, a GM BrightDrop, a Navistar eMV and a Freightliner eCascadia, a light-, medium- and heavy-duty truck, will be followed.
  • At PepsiCo’s Sacramento, California depot, two Tesla Semis will be tracked in heavy-load long-haul transport operations.
  • At Performance Team’s Commerce, California location, two electric Volvo VNRs will be tracked conducting short-haul routes.
  • At Purolator’s Richmond, British Columbia hub, a Class 6 Motiv step van and a Ford E-Transit will be tracked in business and residential package delivery.
  • At Schneider’s South El Monte, California location, two Freightliner eCascadias operating in slip-seated drayage will be tracked.
  • At UPS in Compton, California, a Freightliner Custom Chassis MT50e last mile step van and a Freightliner eCascadia in a middle mile duty cycle will both be tracked.
  • At US Foods in La Mirada, California, two Freightliner eCascadias will be tracked in food delivery applications.
  • At WattEV’s Long Beach, California location, a BYD 8TT tractor and a Nikola Tre BEV tractor operating at the Port of Long Beach will be tracked.

Prior to the event, the NACFE team visited all 10 depots and interviewed 122 people about their experience with electric trucks. Fleet profiles with videos are posted on the Run on Less website and will be supplemented by Stories from the Run videos that will look at some of the main issues surrounding the electrification of fleets.

“We will be updating the metrics daily and adding videos on a regular basis, so we encourage people to follow the Run to learn from these 10 pioneering fleets,” Roeth says.

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