Modesto’s Frito-Lay plant, already one of the largest in the company, will become its first to use an entirely sustainable fleet of vehicles, including some of the first electric Tesla semis to hit the road.
The move is part of a $30.8-million project at the southeast Modesto facility to reduce its carbon footprint. The multi-pronged plan is to replace the whole diesel-powered distribution fleet with zero/near-zero-emission vehicles, install more solar panels and storage, and create on-site charging stations.
“(Tesla) will deliver 15 highly anticipated Tesla Semis along with battery-electric truck charging infrastructure (MEGACHARGERS), a large-scale solar PV system, and two energy storage systems for facility peak shaving and heavy-duty electric truck charging,” the filing indicated.
The project is planned to be completed by 2021, but Frito Lay and parent company PepsiCo are not stopping at the Modesto plant. The company plans to cut greenhouse emissions by 20 percent across the board by the year 2030.
This is the first mention of a Megacharger installation in any filing. Feel free to link in the comments if you find anything (concrete) earlier.