The FedEx Office is piloting ten Ford E-Transit vans across the SameDay City network, which is the company’s local delivery option. The Ford E-Transit vehicle is being tested in nine markets to see how it performs on roads in different weather conditions.
The SameDay City network offers parcel delivery within hours with real-time notifications. The nine sites targeted for testing are Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, as well as several sites in Florida, and Allen and Frisco in Texas.
The Ford E-Transit has a range of 126 miles (over 200 kilometers) on a single charge. That range makes it ideal for local courier deliveries. The FedEx office said it has installed charging stations equipped with remote charging stations in each market depending on individual charging needs along the courier route.
The Ford E-Transit has been popular with delivery fleet owners and has received orders for 1000 E-Transit vans from DPD in the UK, and 750 vans from Penske Truck Leasing.
FedEx itself has a target of transitioning its entire pickup and delivery fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2040. FedEx has already placed orders for electric delivery vehicles from several manufacturers.
Last year FedEx ordered 120 electric vans from Xos. Other orders have also been made such as 2,500 electric vans from the GM BrightDrop brand.
“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.