Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency - December 17, 2021
FedEx Receives First All-Electric, Zero-Tailpipe Emissions Vehicles
FedEx Corp. received its first five from an order of 500 electric Light Commercial Vehicles (eLCVs) from BrightDrop, the new electric delivery and logistics business from General Motors (GM).
“The delivery of the first BrightDrop EV600s is a historic moment, born out of a spirit of collaboration between two leading American companies,” said Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer, FedEx in a statement. “At FedEx transforming our pickup and delivery fleet to electric vehicles is integral to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals announced earlier this year. This collaborative effort shows how businesses can take action to help usher in a lower-emissions future for all.”
FedEx has set a goal to operate an all-electric, zero-emission global pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet by 2040. FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., plans for 50% of its global PUD vehicle purchases to be electric by 2025, rising to 100% by 2030.
Powered by the Ultium battery platform, the EV600 is designed for deliveries, with an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge.
These first few EV600s are being delivered to the FedEx Express facility in Inglewood, California where they will be housed and operated. To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx is building charging infrastructure across its network of facilities, including the 500 charging stations the company has already installed across California. FedEx is also actively working with utility companies to help evaluate and determine the capacity needed for electrical grids to support such charging infrastructure.
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