Big Fuel Savings Without Sacrificing Capability
According to a PBC spokesperson, the vehicles met the company’s standards for increased fuel economy and reduced carbon emissions. The vehicles carry heavy loads, so it was important to find a vehicle that could perform the job while reducing the environmental impact.
The hydrogen-injected trucks are day cabs, operating two shifts and averaging 200,000 miles per year. On average, each unit carries a trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of up to 80,000 lbs.
Savings experienced based on use of the hydrogen-injected trucks will vary based on geography and climate, according to PBC, but on average, the vehicles are expected to achieve an increase of up to 15 percent in fuel economy, potentially reducing the company’s fuel usage by more than 4,200 gallons, per vehicle, per year.
The hydrogen-injected trucks are equipped with ................................, an onboard portable hydrogen generator that injects small amounts of hydrogen into the air intake as a combustion stimulant. The process is designed to reduce nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbon emissions, resulting in more power and better fuel economy.
PBC is always looking for opportunities to improve the fuel economy of its vehicles and reduce carbon emissions. In addition to the hydrogen-injected trucks on order, the manufacturing, sales, and distribution company also has additional hybrid-electric and natural gas delivery vehicles in the order queue for the remainder of the year.
The hydrogen-injected trucks are becoming the company’s standard, over-the-road vehicle when it makes new transport vehicle purchases.
"These fleet additions are a great opportunity to leverage new, cleaner vehicle technology," according to Shelby Green, director of fleet for PBC. "These trucks contribute to the environmental sustainability goals established by both Pepsi Beverages Company and PepsiCo as a whole. PBC is proud to grow our alternative-fuel vehicle fleet and contribute to a cleaner environment."