From Green Right Now Reports
FedEx announced Tuesday that it will put the first all-electric FedEx parcel delivery trucks to be used in the United States on the road in the Los Angeles area starting in June.
The four new trucks will join a fleet of 1,800 FedEx alternative energy vehicles, hybrids and all-electrics, already operating around the world.
John Formisano, vice president Global Vehicles with FedEx Express said the move should help “speed the transition to a cleaner transportation system.”
The company is buying the all-electric trucks from two suppliers to test their efficiency.
Frederick W. Smith, president, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., called on the U.S. Senate last month to support an electrification of the country’s transportation network to build energy independence and reduce greenhouse gases. In testimony to a Senate subcommittee, Smith urged Senators to come up with a comprehensive and affordable way to help consumers travel the country in electric vehicles.
“Down the road, we see the possibility of charging electric vehicle fleets with low- or zero-emission electricity generated on site by such innovations as solar electric arrays, like those at FedEx locations in California, New Jersey and Germany, or the Bloom Energy Server, another new technology we’re helping to pioneer through evaluating it at our solar-powered hub in Oakland.”