Purpose-built electric trucks will be part of an evaluation exercise for FedEx Express in the US. The four trucks sourced from two different suppliers will be used on a typical FedEx delivery route to investigate their effectiveness and the practicality in the real world of parcel delivery.
The company already operates a number of similar vehicles in an exercise in Europe where ten such trucks are being used by FedEx in Central London.
“Electric trucks are still in their infancy, but we think they have a bright future in the mix of alternative energy vehicles,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx VP Environmental Affairs. “Reliability and maintainability is critical for FedEx because of our commitment to superior customer service, so we’ll be giving these trucks a real workout, helping the manufacturers refine their future offerings. Down the road, we see the possibility of charging electric vehicle fleets with low or zero emission electricity generated on-site by such innovations as solar electric arrays, like those at FedEx locations in California, New Jersey and Germany.”