The company announced that FedEx has received the first five GM electric delivery trucks out of 500 orders. The move marks an important milestone for FedEx in its stated goal of having an all-electric delivery fleet and being carbon-neutral worldwide by 2040.
“The delivery of the first BrightDrop EV600s is a historic moment, born out of the spirit of collaboration between two leading American companies,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer. “[T]Reconfiguring our fleet from delivery trucks and chargers to electric vehicles is integral to achieving the ambitious sustainability goals announced earlier this year.”
FedEx has been announced as a lead customer for the Brightdrop EV600 buggy and has been testing Brightdrop’s EP1 electric rigs over the past few days. General Motors, which owns Chevrolet and Cadillac, rolled out its Brightdrop business unit early this year. “The EV600 combines the best traits of a conventional truck and roll-up truck into one vehicle, keeping driver safety, comfort and convenience first in mind,” said Travis Katz, CEO of Brightdrop. “It’s also the fastest built vehicle, from concept to market, in General Motors’ history.”
The all-wheel drive EV600 has 600 cubic feet of cargo space and can reach 250 miles when charged. Inside, drivers get a cargo-zone security system, auto-locking doors and motion-activated interior lighting. It also benefits from automatic emergency braking and parking assistance. The EP1 transfer cart is a type of cart often found in stores and warehouses, with an area of 23 cubic feet and an electric motor that facilitates the transportation of heavy objects.
The first five EV600s are being delivered to the FedEx Express facility in Englewood, California. To support them, FedEx is building charging stations across its network of facilities, including 500 already installed across California. It also works with utility companies to assess the electrical grid capacity required for charging infrastructure.
While FedEx dumped its electric delivery suite with General Motors, rival UPS ordered 10,000 electric delivery trucks from UK-based Access Limited, meanwhile Amazon has placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Rivian and even owns 20 percent of the company. Amazon is outpacing both FedEx and UPS, having already started delivering electricity from Rivian in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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