The company has a goal of making its vehicle fleet 20 percent more fuel efficient by 2020. The announcement means that the company is already 80 percent of the way towards its 2020 goal and, as a result of the success, is reevaluating the 2020 goal.
So far, 20 percent of the FedEx Express diesel vehicle pickup and delivery fleet has been converted to more efficient and cleaner emission models that comply with 2010 EPA diesel emission standards, FedEx Express says.
By the end of financial year 2013, FedEx will have more than 11,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans in operation. These vans are between 70 to 100 percent more fuel-efficient than the vehicles they replace, FedEx says.
The company also boasts 114 Reach composite-body trucks in its fleet. The Utilimaster-made tricks cut fuel use by up to 35 percent compared to most conventional walk-in vans, FedEx says.
The company plans to add 87 all-electric trucks to its fleet, bringing its all-electric vehicle count to 130. The vehicles are being deployed in the next few months in numerous locations including California; Rockville, Md.; New York City and several locations in Texas.
FedEx is planning to test six standard delivery vehicles retrofitted with all-electric drivetrains from suppliers including AMP and Smith Electric.
It will also be testing FedEx Ground hybrid hydraulic parcel delivery vehicles that can reduce fuel usage by 40 percent. FedEx announced the plans to use the parcel trucks alongside rivals UPS and Purolator in April.
As members of the Hybrid, Electric and Advanced Truck Users Forum’s parcel delivery working group, the companies received their evaluation vehicles from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Morgan Olson and Parker Hannifin. FedEx Ground, Purolator and UPS each purchased an evaluation vehicle with help from Calstart, through a grant from the US Department of Energy.
These commercially available hybrid hydraulic parcel delivery vehicles are the first of their kind, according to HTUF. The vehicle chassis includes a Parker hydraulic hybrid drive system, designed specifically for medium-duty, start-stop applications such as parcel delivery.