FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has contracted with Azure Dynamics Corp. for the development of gasoline parallel hybrid-electric powertrains for its delivery fleet.
Under terms of the agreement, Azure will supply a parallel hybrid-electric test vehicle to FedEx Express for the Ford E-450 hybrid commercial delivery van development program. (Earlier post.) Once the development phase is completed, FedEx Express has committed to purchase a minimum of 20 pre-production parallel hybrid-electric Ford E-450 delivery vans to be delivered by May 2008.
In 2004, FedEx Express introduced the hybrid-electric FedEx OptiFleet E700 into its delivery fleet. (Earlier post.) With 93 hybrid-electric vehicles in service in North America that have traveled more than one million miles, FedEx Express has the largest fleet of hybrid-electric delivery vehicles of any transportation company within the United States.
FedEx Express introduced hybrid-electric vehicles to the commercial vehicle market six years ago, and we look forward to further advancing this important, environmentally-conscious initiative with Ford and Azure Dynamics.—John Formisano, vice president, Global Vehicles, FedEx Express
Azure is working with Ford on the development of the E-450 parallel hybrid. The agreement with FedEx provides an opportunity for greater customer input into the development process, as well as a lead customer.