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FedEx Aims to be First U.S. Parcel Firm to Put All-Electric Trucks in Service

fedex electric truckFedEx claims to be the first among its U.S. parcel delivery competitors to put all-electric trucks to work.

However FedEx doesn’t officially have the title yet, because the vehicles aren’t slated to enter service until June.

The four purpose-built electric trucks will be used in the Los Angeles area.

FedEx is testing two all-electric trucks from Navistar, based on a Modec design that FedEx is using in Europe. So far FedEx has 10 electric vans in London and five on order for Paris.

Another company will provide two more trucks, and later this year 10 hybrid electrics are expected to be put in service in Oakland.

“Electric trucks are still in their infancy, but we think they have a bright future in the mix of alternative energy vehicles,” said Mitch Jackson, vice president, environmental affairs and sustainability for FedEx.

“Down the road, we see the possibility of charging electric vehicle fleets with low- or zero-emission electricity generated on site by such innovations as solar electric arrays, like those at FedEx locations in California, New Jersey and Germany, or the Bloom Energy Server, another new technology we’re helping to pioneer through evaluating it at our solar-powered hub in Oakland,” Jackson said.

FedEx has made great use of hybrid delivery vans so far.

Indeed, its Bronx, New York, operation in November became the company’s first to exclusively use hybrid delivery vans. The addition of 51 new delivery vehicles brought the facility’s total to about 100 hybrid trucks.

Just last week FedEx competitor UPS announced a new initiative designed to trim emissions.

The firm expects to save up to 793,000 gallons of fuel a year by using technology to streamline its pickup schedule for small- and medium-sized business shipping customers.

Commercial trucks account for about 12 percent of miles driven but produce about 25 percent of all emissions.

U.S. corporate fleets purchase about 300,000 vehicles a year, including cargo vans.

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4 thoughts on “FedEx Aims to be First U.S. Parcel Firm to Put All-Electric Trucks in Service

  1. Moving to electric vans is a step in the right direction for FedEx. I am not surprised that they already have several petrol free vehicles operating in Europe. These new US based vans will be a high profile way to show consumers that electric vehicles are available now and can be used for business, not just for golf carts.

  2. The US Postal Service has been testing and operating all electric delivery trucks since July 1899 when in Buffalo, New York, Buffalo’s USPS superintendent of city delivery, driven by an electric car promoter in his Columbia automobile, collected mail from 40 boxes in an hour and a half – less than half the time it took with a horsedrawn
    wagon.

    In 1909, The USPS put the first electric mail trucks in service in New York City and Boston. During the 1911 Christmas season, New York’s electric vehicles operated night and day, with batteries and drivers changing every eight hours.
    From 1909 to present day, the USPS has utilized varying types of all electric vehicles and eventually operated up to 500 all electric vehicles from 2000 to 2003. However those vehicles were taken out of service in 2003 when Ford advised the Postal Service that it was cancelling its electric vehicle program. Currently, the USPS operates 30 2-ton Solectria CitiVans BEV trucks in NYC and has contracted with five companies to develop prototypes for retrofitting the USPS delivery vehicles into electric vehicles.

  3. UPS has had 2 electric package delivery vehicles in service in NY city since 2004. These vehicles are still operating today. They are not small vehciels – they are the largest size package delivery vehicle that you would see on the road today.

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