FedEx electrifying 42 stations in California

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Through an agreement with Chanje Energy Inc., FedEx Corp. plans to electrify 42 FedEx stations in California, making it one of the largest deployments of integrated charging infrastructure by a single commercial fleet to date.

FedEx announced the addition of 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles to its fleet last November. FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc. and leasing 900 from Ryder System, Inc.

This new agreement will provide infrastructure to support the continued rollout of the EV fleet.

The DC charging system was designed specifically for FedEx. The project will support daily charging for more than 1,000 electric vehicles. Notable features include:

  • Higher maximum power output than standard Level 2 chargers;
  • Variable rate technology allowing FedEx to proactively adjust charging speed or shift energy usage away from peak hours to minimize electric utility bills;
  • DC (direct current) charging hardware, which is 10 per cent more efficient than AC (alternating current) charging;
  • Software platform for remote monitoring and real-time charger controls.

“FedEx is thrilled to continue being a pioneering industry leader in the electric vehicle space,” said Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer, FedEx Corp.

“The vehicles and DC charging infrastructure will not only help FedEx meet our operational efficiency and sustainability goals, but provide learning, scaling and experience to others in the vehicle electrification journey. We believe this will be a game-changer.”

Chanje Energy Inc. will begin production of the EVs later this year. The vehicles are manufactured by FDG Electric Vehicles Limited in Hangzhou, China, and purchased through Chanje Energy Inc., the company’s subsidiary for global business. They will be delivered on a rolling basis over the next year.

Ryder System, Inc. will provide maintenance and distribution support services for all of the vehicles.

FedEx has been using all-electric vehicles as part of its pickup-and-delivery fleet since 2009.