Two of the largest parcel delivery fleets in the U.S. have been competing neck and neck in a race to become the greenest in the land. Both Federal Express (FedEx) and United Parcel Service (UPS) have delved into alternative energy vehicles for daily delivery use.
In the latest skirmish to become the greenest fleet, FedEx has trumped its competitor by adding four battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The BEVs will go into service this June in the Los Angeles area and will add to the company’s fleet of 1,800 alternative energy vehicles.
Two of the BEVs will be built by Navistar, an Indiana-based company that has built several similar vehicles for FedEx and that currently see use in London. The other two BEVs are coming from an undisclosed supplier.
Though range and performance specs for the new BEVs were not revealed by the company, they did note that each of the new delivery vehicles would be capable of completing a full day shift on a single charge. The addition of the new electric delivery vehicles to the largest hybrid delivery fleet in the world will help bring FedEx one step closer to its goal of increasing its overall fuel efficiency by 20 percent. Follow after the jump for video of the FedEx BEV in action and the full press release. Click here to follow the vehicles’ inaugural run from Chicago to L.A. along the historic Route 66.
[Source: Green Car Advisor]
FedEx adds 4 more BEVs to its already green delivery fleet originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 30 Mar 2010 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.