FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., and Nissan will begin testing the Nissan e-NV200 battery-electric compact cargo vehicle under real world conditions in Washington, D.C. This test marks the first time the vehicle will be running in North America.
FedEx Express and Nissan have conducted similar e-NV200 tests with fleets in Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
FedEx will deploy the Nissan e-NV200 in the Washington, DC area, where it will undergo field tests that subject it to the routine requirements of a delivery vehicle. The results will be used to help determine the viability of using an electric vehicle in this role in the US. Nissan e-NV200 is scheduled to begin mass production later this year in Europe.
Following Nissan LEAF, e-NV200 will be the second EV that Nissan markets globally. The battery-electric model offers the same versatility, functionality and roominess as its gasoline-powered sibling. The e-NV200 powertrain is based on that of the Nissan LEAF and the same advanced lithium-ion battery. It emits no carbon dioxide, compared to approximately 140 g of CO2/km emitted by gas-powered engines in a similar vehicle. The e-NV200 can be charged up to 80% of its full capacity in less than 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a fast charger.
FedEx Express currently has 167 electric vehicles and 365 hybrid electric vehicles in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and China, including the units that will be deployed in Brazil starting in January. By the end of this fiscal year (31 May 2014), the company plans to increase these numbers to 222 and 393, respectively. From 2005 to 2012, the introduction of this type of vehicle in the fleet enabled the company to save nearly 2.4 million liters (634,000 gallons US) of fuel.