The FedEx Corp. (FDX.N) subsidiary announced on Tuesday that FedEx Office would use Ford Motor Co.’s (F.N) electric vans to pick up and deliver packages in some areas to reduce the tailpipe emissions from its fleet.
FedEx Office recently provided team members in participating markets with an introduction to the Ford E-Transit through a canned food drive for neighborhood food banks and women’s shelters. Team members from 60 FedEx Office locations and the corporate office participated in this food drive, and as a result, hundreds of reusable tote bags full of goods were donated.
The FedEx SameDay City network will test 10 Ford E-Transit vans in nine locations thanks to the new partnership with Ford Pro. Time is ticking against the 2040 deadline for FedEx to convert its entire fleet of pickup and delivery vehicles to all-electric, zero-emission vehicles.
The American delivery service also partnered with Ford’s rival General Motors Co.’s (GM.N) BrightDrop division to expand its fleet of electric vans.
FedEx says that the Ford E-Transit is the perfect vehicle for local courier service because it has an intended range of 126 miles on a single charge while simultaneously delivering time-sensitive packages door to door within hours with FedEx’s SameDay City local shipping service.
Tim Baughman, general manager of Ford Pro North America, says, “Ford Pro’s advancements in technology and work-ready electrical products will help companies like FedEx improve productivity, lower ownership cost, and accelerate a carbon emissions-free future.”
The vehicles are being tested in nine markets coast-to-coast to assess performance in different road and weather conditions: Chandler, Ariz., Newark, Calif., Boca Raton, Fla., Clearwater, Fla., Plantation, Fla., Chicago, Ill., Madison Heights, Mich., Allen, Texas and Frisco, Texas.
FedEx Office is significantly improving its environmental stewardship by lowering emissions and waste, replacing outdated equipment and vehicles, and modernizing its buildings and packaging.