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FedEx Announces Test Run of Electric Delivery Vans

Posted By Brit Liggett On March 31, 2010 @ 11:17 am In automotive,Green Transportation,Innovation | 2 Comments

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FedEx announced the addition of a test run of four electric [2] delivery vans to their US fleet. They’ve commissioned the vehicles [3] to be built from the ground up and they’re slating them to start their shifts this coming June. Two of the vehicles were unveiled this week [4]. Designed by the UK [5] company Modec, distributed in the US by Navistar and hailed by the New York [6] Times as “the cutest electric [7] vehicles” they’ve seen, the vans can run up to 100 miles on an overnight charge.

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There are 10 of these exact vehicles on the ground in London [9] and they are successfully delivering packages on a daily basis. The vans in the US will be placed in Los Angeles [10] where the only star treatment they’ll recieve is getting a charge-up [11] over night instead of a fuel-up [12] in the morning. The vans will be running daily 8 hour shifts just like all the other gas guzzling (and hybrid) [13] vans in the fleet. FedEx means to prove their technology [14] right.

FedEx is a leader in alternative energy [15] package delivery. They’ve already got 1,800 alternative energy — mostly hybrid — vehicles in service around the world including an entire fleet in the Bronx, New York [16]. They also understand the infrastructure that needs to be put in place to make this all work. They note on their website the need for an improved electric grid [17] to power a huge fleet of electric vans — one van added to the grid is equivalent to one house [18] of electricity. Looks like FedEx has their eyes on the no-gas horizon and they’re making their way there with real action.

+ FedEx Earth Smart [19]

Via + Renewable Energy World [20]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/31/fedex-announces-test-run-of-electric-delivery-vans/fedex-no-emissions-vehicle/

[2] electric: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/30/an-ev-for-the-people-all-electric-nissan-leaf-to-cost-25280/

[3] vehicles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/25/new-all-electric-peugeot-can-do-360-degree-helicoptor-rotations/

[4] were unveiled this week: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/28/2010-pritker-prize-goes-to-sanaa/

[5] by the UK: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/31/independent-uk-panel-says-that-parts-of-climategate-are-an-illusion/

[6] New York: http://www.inhabitat.com/nyc/

[7] cutest electric: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/24/gm-reveals-en-v-all-electric-vehicle-that-could-drive-itself-home/

[8] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/31/fedex-announces-test-run-of-electric-delivery-vans/fedex-all-electric-delivery/

[9] on the ground in London: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/12/30-billion-high-speed-rail-plans-for-uk-unveiled/

[10] Los Angeles: http://www.inhabitat.com/la/

[11] charge-up: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/blindspot-cycles-salvaged-motorcycles-reborn-all-electric/

[12] fuel-up: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/31/obama-set-to-announce-offshore-oil-drilling-plan/

[13] (and hybrid): http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/25/hybrid-hydraulic-drive-vehicle-promises-170-mpg/

[14] technology: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/

[15] alternative energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/

[16] Bronx, New York: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/22/melrose-commons-earns-first-leed-neighborhood-honors-in-nyc/

[17] electric grid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/22/obama-sets-aside-3-4-billion-stimulus-to-jump-start-power-grid-2-0-in-us/

[18] one house: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/30/hidden-house-is-a-stunning-example-of-sustainable-modern-architecture/

[19] + FedEx Earth Smart: http://electric.van.fedex.com/?p=39

[20] + Renewable Energy World: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2010/03/fedex-test-all-electric-trucks-in-la

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