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An Electrifying Road Trip Along Route 66

FedEx Shows Off Their New Green Machine On ‘America’s Main Street’mg_0510

FedEx Corp. celebrated the expansion of its alternative-energy vehicle fleet with a road trip for the first all-electric FedEx parcel delivery truck in the United States.

Four purpose-built electric trucks optimized for electric operation from the wheels up are slated to hit the road in the Los Angeles area starting in June 2010. By the end of June, the FedEx alternative energy fleet will have grown to 1,869 vehicles in service worldwide. Helping to diversify and expand the all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicle market around the globe.

FedEx purchased its first North American all-electric vehicles from two different suppliers to evaluate the robustness of this technology for demanding daily FedEx Express deliveries in the Los Angeles area and provide information to help guide future FedEx vehicle purchases.

Two of the new all-electric trucks come from Navistar, assembled in Indiana. These 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.

mg_9480Another pair of electric vehicles is 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.

Beyond the nine new electric trucks to be deployed in Los Angeles and Paris, FedEx has purchased ten additional hybrid-electric vehicles that will be added to its California fleet throughout the spring, based in Oakland.

One of the FedEx-branded prototype all-electric truck from Navistar was unveiled at an event on March 26th, in Chicago to kick-off a demonstration tour of the technology. The demo road trip was for FedEx customers, employees, and local officials in several stops along historic Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles. With stops along the way in St. Louis & Joplin, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Amarillo, Texas; and Albuquerque. New Mexico; ending on April 6th.

The electric truck demonstration tour was also designed to underscore a national initiative advocated by Frederick W. Smith, president, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., in testimony to a U.S. Senate subcommittee last month. Smith called for a comprehensive program to encourage affordable electrification of local transportation to foster more domestic energy production, less reliance on imported petroleum, and an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

mg_9004Mitch Jackson, vice president, environmental affairs and sustainability, FedEx said, “Electric trucks are still in their infancy, but we think they have a bright future in the mix of alternative energy vehicles. Reliability and maintainability is critical for FedEx because of our commitment to superior customer service, so we’ll be giving these trucks a real workout, helping the manufacturers refine their future offerings. 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.”

FedEx currently operates the largest hybrid fleet in the transportation industry, along with one of the largest alternative energy vehicle fleets, and is committed to improving its overall vehicle fuel efficiency 20% by 2020. They have the same 20% by 2020 goal for their aircraft fleet as well.

FedEx has been recognized for its sustainability commitment through inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a global list of the world’s largest, most sustainable organizations and ranks #93 in Newsweek’s 2009 Top 500 Greenest Companies.

Gettin’ their clean energy kicks on Route 66 …..
…. as the green future unfolds.

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10 Responses to “An Electrifying Road Trip Along Route 66”

  1. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Wow! That says a lot for FedEx. Not only are they helping to save the planet, but they are a great role model for other companies.

    I also like the fact some of the green vehicles are built right here in the USA.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Can Perceived Blogging Success Be A Turn Off? =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … I do as well. Once they really get rolling, they certainly will be saving money, gas, and air !!!

  3. clickmarbin Says:

    this is very interesting =)

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi clickmarbin …. thanks and come back!

  5. sliding shelves Greenville Says:

    Very cool! And I love it that they have a commercial to show off their new vans too. Kudos to FedEx!

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi sliding shelves …. I did not know that they had a commercial!

  7. Noel Says:

    Nice post! I hope you can have future posts on the infrastructure required (recharging stations, etc.) for an electric vehicle system to be efficiently operational.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Noel …. Why sure! Hang tight as it will be coming sooner or later. 😀

  9. fake watches Says:

    Good post, I can’t say that I agree with everything that was said, but very good information overall:)

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Fake Watches … Oh, can you tell me what you disagree with? Is it electric cars in general, 8 hr charging or what? Inquiring minds wanna know! 😀

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