FedEx announced it is expanding its fleet to add 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles. FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy and leasing 900 vehicles from Ryder System . The purpose-built electric vehicles will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the US. The vehicles will be made in China and operated in California. Chanje Energy is a China-backed start-up business.
“FedEx continually seeks new ways to maximise operational efficiency, minimise impacts and find innovative solutions through the company’s Reduce, Replace, revolutionise approach to sustainability,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx chief sustainability officer. “Our investment in these vehicles is part of our commitment to that approach of serving our customers and connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully.”
The vehicles are manufactured by FDG in Hangzhou, China, and purchased through Chanje Energy , the company’s subsidiary for global business. Ryder System will provide support services for all of the vehicles.
The EVS can travel more than 150 miles when fully charged and have the potential to help FedEx save two thousand gallons of fuel while avoiding 20 tons of emissions per vehicle each year. The maximum cargo capacity is around 6,000 pounds. All of the EVS will be operated in California.
FedEx says it has been using all-electric vehicles as part of its pickup-and-delivery fleet since 2009.