FoMoCo has received over 24,000 reservations and 10,000 orders for the 2022 Ford E-Transit thus far, while the all-electric van embarked on a number of pilot programs prior to its launch as well. As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, Penske Truck Leasing has placed an order for 750 E-Transits after becoming the first truck rental and leasing company to test out pre-production versions of the EV van, and now, snack giant Frito-Lay has announced that it will be purchasing 41 units as well.
Frito-Lay has already taken delivery of one 2022 Ford E-Transit and has 40 more on the way as it works to build an electric vehicle fleet in Carrollton, Texas, located in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Those vans will deliver snacks locally as part of the company’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
“Frito-Lay is committed to having an impactful, growing footprint in the communities where our employees live and work,” said Laura Maxwell, senior vice president, supply chain, PepsiCo Foods North America. “The Dallas Fort-Worth community is very important to Frito-Lay: it is where we are headquartered, and where we employ 6,500 employees, many of whom live in Carrollton.”
Production of the 2022 Ford E-Transit began at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant for U.S. customers back in November, as well as in Europe at the Ford Otosan Assembly Plant in Turkey earlier this month. The new all-electric van also recently launched in Mexico after the very first deliveries began in February.
In addition to the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs, the new E-Transit is also eligible for a $7,500 point-of-sale discount in California after it was approved by that state’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) as a Class 2b vehicle. That’s sure to make it an enticing buy for fleets looking to reduce operating costs without having to spend more money up front, particularly since the E-Transit offers a much more generous warranty than its ICE-powered counterpart – 8 years or 100,000 miles, which covers the vehicle’s battery and electric drivetrain system.