28 May '13, 8pm

Fedex Uses Plug-in Vehicles to Increase Efficiency Goals

Fedex Uses Plug-in Vehicles to Increase Efficiency Goals

The Fedex fleet features nearly 360 plug-in electric and 200 pure electric vehicles. A funky-looking Fedex van silently pulled up in front of me at the Ralph’s supermarket in Marina del Rey, Calif. a few days ago. I knew it had to be an EV. That made me wonder how successful Fedex Corp. has been at reaching its goal of improving the fuel efficiency of its 40,000-unit global vehicle fleet by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 2005 levels. That goal was announced in 2008. It turns out that Fedex has had so much success that it upped its goal to a 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency by 2020. In March of this year, it announced it had already achieved a more than 22 percent cumulative improvement in fleet fuel efficiency. Plug-in electric vehicles played a role in that. Fedex chairman, president, and CEO Fred Smith is a member of the Electrification Coalition, a group of bus...

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