FedEx introduces electric vehicles in China

The courier giant is deploying 48 electric vehicles in a move that will save thousands of liters of fuel and tons of greenhouse emissions per vehicle annually.
Ti Gong

The EG10 and EV80 electric vehicles from SAIC Maxus can travel more than 220 kilometers when fully charged, and carry up to 1.5 tons of cargo.

FedEx yesterday announced to deploy the first batch of 48 electric vehicles in 13 Chinese cities to replace its traditional gasoline-fuel vehicles.

The largest electric vehicle deployment in the Asia Pacific Region for FedEx enables the logistic giant to save about 2,500 liters of fuel and avoid around 6.7 tons of CO2 and other emissions per vehicle each year, the FedEx Express said.

The EG10 and EV80 electric vehicles from SAIC Maxus are equipped with advanced pure electric power systems that achieve zero emissions. They can travel more than 220 kilometers when fully charged, and the maximum cargo capacity is around 1.5 tons.

FedEx currently has more than 2,800 transportation vehicles in China and it will continue to explore the feasibility of expanding the use of clean energy vehicles in the country, the company said.

“We continuously develop and use innovative technologies to reduce our environmental impact," said Jimmy Chen, regional vice president of FedEx China.

Since 2012, FedEx has been carrying out a nationwide Eco-Drive program to improve fuel efficiency by changing the daily driving habits of FedEx drivers. It has also been working with a variety of entities to explore innovative technologies and solutions to improve fuel efficiency of the ground transportation fleet.

With a global ground transportation fleet of more than 90,000 motorized vehicles, FedEx Express aims to increase its vehicle efficiency by 50 percent from a 2005 baseline by 2025.

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