FedEx Express has introduced 10 all-electric commercial vehicles to its Hong Kong delivery operation.
The FedEx Smith Edison™ electric vans make up the company's first fleet of zero-emissions delivery vans in the Asia-Pacific region and should allow couriers to complete a full eight-hour shift before recharging the batteries.
They join two hybrid vehicles already in operation in Hong Kong and more than 650 alternative-energy delivery vehicles in the FedEx global vehicle fleet.
"The deployment of the new zero emission all-electric vehicles demonstrates FedEx commitment to delivering industry-leading innovation while reducing our environmental impact," said David Cunningham, president of FedEx Asia Pacific.
"These electric trucks are not only aimed at improving FedEx fleet efficiency in Asia Pacific, but also promoting the development of all-electric trucks among all vehicle users for a more sustainable future."
FedEx said these vehicles have played a major role in helping the company pass its goal of improving its fleet's fuel efficiency by 20 percent seven years early. This achievement, announced earlier this month, prompted FedEx to set a new 2020 goal of a 30 percent improvement across its global vehicle fleet.
FedEx has also teamed with General Motors in Japan for a year-long trial of a fuel-cell delivery vehicle and announced in September 2012 that it had been working with Nissan to co-test the e-NV200 electric van in Japan and the UK.
This news article reprinted with permission from BusinessGreen.
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