fleet of all-electric parcel trucks
FedEx Corp. has expanded its alternative-energy
vehicle fleet with the first all-electric FedEx parcel delivery
trucks in the United States. Four purpose-built electric trucks
“optimized for electric operation from the wheels up” are slated
to hit the road in the Los Angeles area starting in June 2010,
joining more than 1,800 alternative-energy vehicles already in
service for FedEx around the world.
FedEx is purchasing its first North American all-electric vehicles
from two different suppliers to evaluate the robustness of this
technology for demanding daily FedEx Express deliveries in the
Los Angeles area and provide information to help guide future
FedEx vehicle purchases.
Two of the new all-electric trucks come from Navistar, and are
being assembled in Indiana. These are based on the Modec design
already operated by FedEx in Europe. Ten such Modec vehicles
serve FedEx routes in London and five more are on order for Paris.
Another pair of electric vehicles is being purchased from a different
manufacturer for delivery to the Los Angeles area later in 2010.
Both sets of electric vehicles are designed with a range that
allows many FedEx Express couriers to make a full eight-hour
shift of deliveries before their vehicles need recharging.
By the end of June, the FedEx alternative energy fleet will have
grown to 1,869 vehicles in service around the world, helping
to diversify and expand the all-electric and hybrid-electric
vehicle market around the globe. Beyond the nine new electric
trucks to be deployed in Los Angeles and Paris, FedEx has purchased
ten additional hybrid-electric vehicles that will be added to
its California fleet throughout the spring, based in Oakland.