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FedEx and Chanje develop charging infrastructure ahead of EV rollout

US-based delivery service company, FedEx, has announced the next phase of its Electric Vehicle (EV) rollout, following construction on electronic DC charging stations earlier this year.

Through an agreement with Chanje Energy Inc., the company plans to electrify 42 FedEx stations in California, making it one of the largest deployments of integrated charging infrastructure by a single commercial fleet to date.

FedEx announced the addition of 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles to its fleet last November.

FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc. and leasing 900 from Ryder System, Inc.

The recent agreement will provide an innovative infrastructure to support the continued rollout of FedEx's electric vehicle fleet.

“FedEx is thrilled to continue being a pioneering industry leader in the electric vehicle space,” said FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer, Mitch Jackson.

“The vehicles and DC charging infrastructure will not only help FedEx meet our operational efficiency and sustainability goals, but provide learning, scaling and experience to others in the vehicle electrification journey.

"We believe this will be a game-changer," he said.

The DC charging system was designed specifically for FedEx. The innovative project will support daily charging for more than 1,000 electric vehicles, which were leased to FedEx. Notable features include:

Higher maximum power output than standard Level 2 chargers.

Variable rate technology allowing FedEx to proactively adjust charging speed or shift energy usage away from peak hours to minimise electric utility bills.

DC charging hardware, which is reported to be 10 per cent more efficient than AC charging.

Software platform for remote monitoring and real-time charger controls.

Chanje Energy Inc. will begin production of the EVs later this year. The vehicles are manufactured by FDG Electric Vehicles Limited in Hangzhou, China, and purchased through Chanje Energy Inc., the company’s subsidiary for global business. They will be delivered on a rolling basis over the next year. Ryder System, Inc. will provide maintenance and distribution support services for all of the vehicles.

FedEx has been using all-electric vehicles as part of its pickup-and-delivery fleet since 2009. The company is adamant that wider adoption of alternative-fuel, electric and hybrid electric vehicles in transportation will play a key role in reducing global emissions, while diversifying and expanding renewable energy solutions.

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