FedEx continues efficiency push in truck fleet
FedEx Express said it will add 1,900 new fuel-efficient, lightweight delivery vehicles to its fleet.
In 2008, FedEx Corp. set a fuel efficiency goal by committing to improve the overall fuel use of the FedEx Express vehicle fleet 20 percent by 2020, as compared with its 2005 performance. In March 2013, less than five years later, FedEx Express surpassed this goal with a more than 22 percent cumulative improvement in fuel economy for its vehicles and set a revised goal to improve the efficiency its vehicle fleet 30 percent by 2020.
As part of this strategy, FedEx Express has recently made the following purchases for its vehicle fleet:
- FedEx Express has recently bought 1,900 lightweight, composite-body “Reach” vehicles from Spartan Motors, a division of Utilimaster. These will join the 400 Reach vehicles already in service, giving FedEx Express the largest lightweight, composite-body vehicle fleet in the industry, with about 2,300 vehicles.
- FedEx is working with XL Hybrids, a developer of low-cost hybrid electric powertrain system, to convert 10 conventional-powered panel vans into more fuel-efficient, hybrid vehicles.
FedEx Express also continues to work with university and research institutes to improve electric and alternative-energy vehicle technologies:
- FedEx Express is working with the Advanced Vehicle Testing group at Argonne National Laboratory, using its Advanced Powertrain Research Facility to test and compare different models of electric vehicles, collecting performance data under various operating conditions.
- In New York City, FedEx Express continues to work with General Electric and Columbia University on a smart charging project to understand how large electric vehicle deployments would impact the energy grid and help develop best practices for charging these vehicles in large cities, like New York.
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