“We believe that wider adoption of alternative-fuel, electric and hybrid electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing global emissions, while diversifying and expanding renewable energy solutions.” -FedEx
Commercial vehicles going electric is an important piece of the emissions-reduction puzzle. Delivery vehicles cover significant annual mileage. There’s no reason why they should be anything but electric either since they typically don’t stray far from a home base. Having to recharge is not an inconvenience. FedEx has been aware of this and compliant for a quite a while now.
“FedEx continually seeks new ways to maximize operational efficiency, minimize impacts and find innovative solutions through the company’s Reduce, Replace, Revolutionize approach to sustainability.” -Mitch Jackson, FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer.
The 1,000 vans were ordered from Chanje Energy Inc. (pronounced “change”), a California-based startup with ties to China’s FDG Electric Vehicles Limited. Chanje is FDG’s subsidiary for global business. They have managed to get up and running faster than some other electric-vehicle startups thanks to their association with FDG. The vans will be built at FDG’s factory in Hangzhou, China, but will operate in California, USA.
Chanje has discussed plans regarding the possibility of a United States assembly plant in the future but for now production will remain in China. The vans can travel more than 150 miles when fully charged. Plus, they 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 about 6,000 pounds. Of the 1,000 vehicles, 100 will be purchased from Chanje Energy Inc and the other 900 will be leased from Ryder System, Inc. Ryder will provide support services for all of the vehicles. The purpose-built fleet of electric vehicles will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the United States. Expect to see the fleet deployed throughout California over the next two years.
“Our investment in these vehicles is part of our commitment to that approach of serving our customers and connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully.” – Mitch Jackson.