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FedEx Expands Its Fleet with More Than 4,000 Fuel Efficient Vehicles

July 29, 2011

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world’s largest express transportation company, is expanding its fleet of fuel efficient vehicles.

This summer, FedEx Express will:

  • place 24 new all-electric vehicles into service, adding three new cities and more than doubling its fleet to 43 all-electric vehicles while growing the diversity of suppliers it uses for electric vehicles,
  • pilot composite vehicles made from recycled rubber material, resin, fiberglass and poly core and
  • upgrade more than a tenth of its conventional vehicle fleet to more energy-efficient vehicles.

The 24 new all-electric vehicles will be analyzed to further our understanding of all-electric technology and its demands on the energy grid. For example:

  • In New York, FedEx Express will be working with GE and Columbia University’s Engineering School to study energy grid impacts in an effort to project how large vehicle deployments would impact the energy grid.
  • In Chicago, FedEx Express will be comparing different all-electric vehicle technologies to determine what works best for its fleet needs.
  • In Memphis, FedEx Express is utilizing Enova Systems flexible drive technology to retrofit existing vehicles to make them all-electrics, saving resources through using existing vehicle bodies.  In addition, FedEx has added five Transit Connect Electric vans from Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics to support the corporate Information Technology Asset Disposal program, driving regularly scheduled routes to pick up, recycle, reuse and dispose of IT assets.
  • In Los Angeles, FedEx Express is diversifying its fleet, adding an FCCC eCell to its current four Navistar eStar all-electric vehicles. The company is also in the midst of adding 45 new FCCC-Eaton hybrid-electric pickup and delivery vehicles to its fleet.

For other, more high-mileage, routes, FedEx is upgrading vehicles with 4,000 fuel efficient, lower emitting BlueTEC clean diesel Sprinter Vans, each of which is at least 100 percent more fuel efficient than the most commonly found alternative it replaces.

“Different vehicles are appropriate for different routes,” Keshav Sondhi, manager of Asset Management for FedEx Express Global Vehicles, explained.  “The key is to use the right truck for the mission on the right route.”

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