PepsiCo Deploying 125 Electric Semis and Vans at Manufacturing Facilities Across California

May 24, 2024
At the Fresno facility, eight 750 kW Tesla chargers and two Tesla Megapack battery energy storage systems have been installed onsite to power the electric Semis

PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) will expand its electric-powered fleet across California to help the company progress toward its PepsiCo Positive goal to reach net zero emissions by 2040.

The electric fleet expansion includes 50 Class 8 Tesla Semi trucks, which will operate out of its manufacturing and distribution facility in Fresno, California, and 75 Ford E-Transit electric vans to step-change the electrification of its equipment services fleet across the state in the next several months.

PBNA's Fresno location is a 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with a fleet operation distributing PepsiCo products. At the facility, eight 750 kW Tesla chargers and two Tesla Megapack battery energy storage systems have been installed onsite to power the electric Semis.

PBNA is also deploying 75 Ford E-Transit electric vans across all of PBNA's 13 locations in California to serve sales, deliveries, and service support. Additionally, the deployment of electric vehicles in Fresno will launch a job training program for students enrolled in Reedley College and Duncan Polytechnic High School to educate over 100 students annually and will focus on developing hands-on job training in the field of electric trucks and infrastructure maintenance.

"Our fleet electrification is an important part of our 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.

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

Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) operates a fleet of Tesla Semis out of its Modesto, California facility, and FLNA's Queens, New York, facility participated in NACFE's 2023 Run on Less with a fleet of Ford E-Transits.

PBNA's electric fleet expansion is supported by a grant from the California Air Resources Board, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and the California Energy Commission, as part of their California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment, especially in disadvantaged communities. 

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Rod Walton is senior editor for He has spent 14 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist.

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