The pilot is part of the goal to transition its entire pickup and delivery fleet to zero tailpipe emission vehicles by 2040 in alignment with the overall fleet electrification goal for FedEx Corp. FedEx SameDay City is the company’s local shipping option, offering door-to-door delivery of time-sensitive parcels within hours with real-time notifications.
The vehicles are being tested in nine markets coast-to-coast to assess performance in different road and weather conditions. The locations are Chandler, Ariz.; Newark, Calif.; Boca Raton, Clearwater and Plantation, Fla.; Chicago; Madison Heights, Mich., and Allen and Frisco, Tex.
The Ford E-Transit has a targeted range of 126 miles on a single charge, making it suitable for local courier delivery. FedEx Office has installed charging stations dedicated to these vehicles at each van’s home location and will supplement with remote charging stations in each market as needed to meet charging needs along courier routes.
“The EV market for commercial vehicles now has more options than ever before, enabling FedEx Office to explore different sustainable vehicle technologies to incorporate into our fleet as FedEx works to electrify its entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet by 2040,” said Brian Philips, president and CEO of FedEx Office, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. “FedEx SameDay City is a perfect use-case for testing the capabilities of the Ford E-Transit. With the vehicle’s range and the availability of charging infrastructure, we are excited to see how this vehicle performs in our operation and helps us understand the path forward to scale an electrification strategy for FedEx Office.”
FedEx has set a goal of achieving global carbon neutral operations by 2040. This goal includes transforming the entire FedEx parcel pickup and delivery fleet to all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles by 2040. As part of this transition, FedEx Office is the first to test the Ford E-Transit for FedEx. The pilot will help FedEx Office better understand how to transition to electric transportation operations.
“Ford Pro’s advancements in technology and work-ready electric products will help companies like FedEx improve productivity, lower ownership cost and accelerate a carbon emissions free future,” Tim Baughman, general manager of Ford Pro North America, said.
In addition to the Ford E-Transit, Roxo, the FedEx SameDay Bot, is being designed for same-day, last-mile delivery. As e-commerce volumes continue to rise, the company said Roxo could help transform the future of shipping and logistics by making widespread same-day, last-mile delivery a reality, while providing a safer, more sustainable solution with reduced street traffic and emissions.
By reducing emissions and waste, replacing older technologies and vehicles, and revolutionizing facilities and packaging, FedEx Office is taking significant action to advance its environmental stewardship. In fiscal year 2021 ended May 31, 2021, these initiatives resulted in sustainable paper purchases, with 99.8 percent of all paper purchased by FedEx Office sourced from third-party certified sustainable forest programs; recycling programs resulting in 9.4 million pounds of paper, 15,000 pounds of print consumables, 10,600 pounds of styrene, and in a new program in fiscal year 2022, about 38,000 toner cartridges recycled.
In addition, the Energy Management System and LED lighting used at FedEx Offices saved 52.2M kilowatt hours of electricity and 37,000 metric tons of CO2.
FedEx Office recently introduced the Ford E-Transit to team members across participating markets through a canned food drive for local food banks and women’s shelters. This food drive resulted in participation from team members in 60 FedEx Office stores and the corporate headquarters, resulting in a donation of hundreds of reusable tote bags filled with items.