Electric Vehicle Pilot Project with Frito-Lay Expands

Freightliner chassis EVI-MD flatbed

From ShowTimes Fleet & Fuel Newsletter, Mar 25, 2012:

Following a successful trial, Stockton, Calif.-based Electric Vehicles International has kicked off an expanded electric vehicle pilot project with Frito-Lay, which EVI notes has North America’s seventh-largest privately owned fleet.

Freightliner chassis EVI-MD flatbed
Freightliner chassis EVI-MD flatbed

The PepsiCo unit has committed to purchasing five additional EVI-MD trucks – medium duty battery electric vehicles based on the Daimler Freightliner M2 Business Class chassis. The vehicles have 99-kilowatt-hour lithium iron phosphate battery systems from EVI affiliate Valence Technology (NASDAQ:VLNC), and PowerPhase 150 drivelines from Colorado’s UQM Technologies (AMEX:UQM).

The result is “the most versatile and flexible class 6 electric vehicle on the market,” EVI says, boasting a 90-mile single-charge range, top speed of 65 miles per hour, and excellent hill performance.

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