FedEx to Add 4 All-Electric Trucks in L.A.
CHICAGO - FedEx Corp. unveiled plans to expand its alternative-energy vehicle fleet with the company's first all-electric parcel delivery trucks in the United States.
Four purpose-built electric trucks 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.
"In 2004, we were the first global company to invest in hybrid-electric commercial trucks, and now we're introducing the even cleaner all-electric parcel delivery truck," said John Formisano, vice president of global vehicles for FedEx Express. "We're making these investments, and invite others to join us, so that together we can speed the transition to a cleaner transportation system."
Rather than creating its own proprietary technology, FedEx is again turning to the marketplace to spur solutions that can rapidly be scaled up to provide affordable and reliable service to a wide range of delivery truck operators, the company said. It is purchasing its first North American all-electric vehicles from two different suppliers to evaluate the robustness of this technology. The trucks will be used for deliveries in the Los Angeles area and will help guide future FedEx vehicle purchases.
Two of the new all-electric trucks are from Navistar. These two, assembled in Indiana, 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.
Two other electric vehicles are 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.