FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company is one step closer to being a global leader in developing a fuel efficient and clean transportation fleet with the addition of 4,000 fuel efficient vehicles.
The company plans to upgrade 10 percent of its conventional vehicle fleet to more energy efficient vehicles. FedEx also plans to introduce 24 all-electric vehicles and add more hybrid electric vehicles to its growing energy efficient fleet.
“We are using efficient technologies that are readily available now, while investing in innovative technologies that we hope and believe can be vehicle workhorses for the future,” explained Dennis Beal, vice president of global vehicles at FedEx Express. “Our goal has always been to optimize and operate our vehicle fleet in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner so that emissions are reduced while serving our customers in the best possible manner.”
The all-electric vehicles will be debuted in Chicago, New York City and Memphis and diversifying the existing Los Angeles fleet with fuel efficient vehicles. The automakers for the fleet additions include Navistar, Freightliner Custom Chasis Corporation and Ford.
FedEx will also assess the fleet impact on grid need of future all-electric vehicle growth on the shared energy grid as well as assess which vehicle type works best for various routes.
“Different vehicles are appropriate for different routes,” explains Keshav Sondhi, manager of asset management for FedEx Express Global Vehicles. “The key is to use the right truck for the mission on the right route. FedEx Express is adding all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles to dense urban routes that have a lot of starting and stopping. This use of regenerative braking and electric motors significantly improves the efficiency of the vehicles on such urban routes.”
In Detroit; Memphis; Jackson, Tenn.; and Jonesboro, Ark., FedEx Express has also introduced five vehicles made by Utilimaster in a pilot program, “The Reach,” with the goal to reach a 35 percent improvement in fuel efficiency than previous models. Utilmaster features a smaller, more efficient and low weight vehicle that includes materials made of recycled and light-weight materials to maximize efficiency.