FedEx Corp.’s existing hybrid-electric truck fleet has passed the mark of two million miles of revenue service. FedEx is adding an additional 75 hybrid vehicles into service in the United States and Europe.
The hybrid trucks improve fuel economy by 42%, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 30% and cut particulate pollution by 96%.
FedEx will now operate 172 hybrid vehicles around the globe, including the largest fleet of commercial hybrid trucks in North America, which represent nearly one-third of the deployed North American hybrid truck market.
FedEx now works with a diverse group of manufacturers, including Eaton Corporation, Isuzu and Iveco. FedEx will also purchase twenty vehicles that use an Azure Dynamics hybrid system and Ford gasoline engine and chassis, representing one of the first gasoline hybrid-electric delivery trucks in commercial use.
FedEx continues to work to advance clean truck technology. We now need the collective leadership of business, nonprofit and government to make cleaner delivery vehicle technology widely available. It’s time for the truck manufacturing industry to create its version of the Prius: clean, affordable and widely available for truck fleets.—Mitch Jackson, director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corp.
The additional 75 hybrid vehicles will expand the FedEx hybrid fleet into new markets and leverage new technologies.
Twenty FedEx hybrids using Azure Dynamics hybrid technology and a Ford E-450 chassis and gasoline engine will be placed into service in Los Angeles (15 vehicles) and Sacramento (five vehicles).
Ten Iveco hybrid-electric “Daily-model” vans with Iveco diesel engines and hybrid systems will begin to deliver packages on routes in Europe.
Forty-five FedEx hybrid-electric vans with the Eaton Corporation hybrid system will be stationed in New York City.
During the past five years, FedEx has worked to optimize delivery routes to ensure that the most efficient sized vehicle is in use on each route. As a result of these efforts, more than one-fourth of the FedEx fleet has been converted to smaller more fuel efficient vehicles, saving more than 50 million gallons of fuel.
FedEx is also beginning an upgrade to its air fleet by replacing narrow-body aircraft with Boeing 757 planes that lessen the environmental impact—reducing fuel consumption up to 36% while providing 20% more capacity. The company will also acquire Boeing 777 aircraft that provide greater payload capacity and use 18% less fuel than planes in its current international fleet.