|The FedEx Modec van. Click to enlarge.|
FedEx Express has ordered 10 Modec electric commercial vehicles for use in the United Kingdom. The zero tailpipe emission vehicles will be the first such to join the FedEx fleet in the UK and will operate in the greater London metropolitan area. The vehicles feature a large, removable battery pack and can travel up to 70 miles on one overnight charge.
The new vehicles are part of a growing fleet of more than 170 hybrid electric vehicles in the FedEx fleet worldwide—the largest hybrid fleet in the transportation industry—and support the company’s commitment to improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20% by 2020. FedEx has also committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from its aircraft fleet by 20% per available ton mile by 2020.
FedEx Express said that it selected Modec due to the superior performance and handling of the vehicles, which are ideally suited to the company’s operations in urban environments. Modec’s focus on the requirements of stop-start, urban-duty cycles and traffic conditions mean the cab is designed for quick and easy entry and exit, maximizing driver comfort and productivity.
In November, UPS ordered 12 Modec vans. Six vehicles will be introduced into UPS’ UK fleet in February 2009, including the vehicle that was used for testing until now. The remaining six will operate in Germany. (Earlier post.)
The Modec is designed from the ground up for operation in urban environments. Modec vehicles are designed around a large, removable battery pack and are battery agnostic, giving customers the ability to plug and play with different battery capacities. The Modec van features a 102 hp (76 kW), 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) drive motor. A Modec battery pack (50-100 kWh) sits amidships the purpose-built chassis in a drop-down cassette mounting which can be swapped out to avoid downtime while recharging. Modec leases the battery to its customers.
The Modec box van offers a load area of up to 14m3 and a two-tonne load capacity.