FedEx fleet gets greener
Published: May 21, 2012
Global - Delivery fleet of FedEx Express is now 16.6% more fuel efficient than 2005, making great progress towards its goal of being 20% more fuel-efficient by 2010.
The FedEx Corp subsidiary has already converted 20% of its Express diesel vehicle pickup and delivery fleet to more efficient and cleaner emission models, in compliance with 2010 US Environmental Protection Agency diesel emission standards.
Some of the initiatives by FedEx Express include the addition of 87 all-electric trucks and the addition of 114 Reach composite-body trucks made from advanced materials to save 35% of fuel. FedEx is also increasing its fuel conversation efforts in its purchasing of vehicles with right-sized engines, which is about 70-100% more fuel efficient.
Additionally, the company is also testing hybrid hydraulic parcel delivery vehicles and delivery vehicles fitted with all-electric drive trains.
The all-electric vehicles will be deployed throughout the USA in the next few months. Additional ones are currently being prepared to be used in Asia and Europe.
Having achieved 80% of its goal, the global delivery giant is reevaluating its 2020 goal to possibly raise standards, Mitch Jackson, staff vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability, said in a press statement.
"By pursuing the most promising avenues of advanced technologies, enlisting multiple experienced manufacturers and optimising our vehicle operations, FedEx is reducing fuel use and emissions faster than expected," Dennis Beal, vice president of global vehicles at FedEx Express said.
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