Frito-Lay Aiming for Zero-Emission Modesto Facility

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Frito-Lay says it is planning to replace all of its existing diesel-powered freight equipment with zero-emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE) technologies at its Modesto, Calif., manufacturing site.

The Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facility Project will transform the 500,000-square-foot site – one of Frito-Lay’s largest in the U.S. – into an “industry-leading showcase for environmentally sustainable manufacturing, warehousing and distribution,” according to the company.

Expected to be completed in 2021, the $30.8 million Modesto project will integrate an array of commercially available and pre-commercial ZE and NZE technologies in numerous applications, among them fleet vehicles and supporting infrastructure, on-site renewable energy generation and energy storage systems. The project will also contribute to industry knowledge of the emerging technologies by funding data collection and reporting of the project results.

The project is the result of a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, which received a grant from California Climate Investments – matched by investments from Frito-Lay and American Natural Gas (ANG), as well as in-kind contributions from Café Coop.

Contributors to the project include ANG; BYD Motors LLC; Café Coop; CALSTART; University of California, Riverside CE-CERT; ChargePoint; Crown, Gladstein Neandross & Associates; Meritor; Peterbilt; Project Clean Air; SJVAPCD; Tesla and Volvo.

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