FedEx Is Putting Ford E-Transit Delivery Vans To The Test

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The courier giant wants to see how commercial EVs cope in the real world.

As companies across the world look to reduce their environmental footprint, many have decided to explore the idea of running electric vehicle fleets. Amazon will soon put its Rivian-made delivery vans into duty, and now FedEx is trialing ten Ford E-Transit vans in a pilot project, in collaboration with Ford Pro.

FedEx's Office subsidiary plans to use the battery-powered delivery vehicles across its SameDay City network. The ten E-Transits will be used across nine regions in the USA and provide FedEx with plenty of insight as it plans to run an emissions-free fleet by 2040. These nine different areas will allow FedEx to see how the electric vans would cope with varying weather and road conditions. With a claimed range of 126 miles, the global courier notes it's an ideal vehicle for delivery work.

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From the chilly winters in Michigan and Illinois to the sweltering heat experienced in California and Texas, it will be interesting to learn how these vehicles cope. To make life easier for the driver, FedEx Office has placed dedicated charging stations at each van's main location.

The company has also said it will bolster this with remote charging stations in each market "as needed to meet [vehicle] charging needs along courier routes." Ford Pro's Tim Baughman said the Blue Oval's electric work vehicles will "help companies like FedEx improve productivity, lower ownership cost and accelerate a carbon emissions-free future."

Ford is very keen to demonstrate the benefits of electric delivery vehicles. Previously, it teamed up with Californian wine farms to show how the E-Transit and F-150 Lightning can reduce fleet costs and introduce more efficient management.

"With the vehicle's range and the availability of charging infrastructure, we are excited to see how this vehicle performs in our operation and helps us understand the path forward to scale an electrification strategy for FedEx Office," commented president and CEO of FedEx Office, Brian Philips.

But it's not just Ford that's looking to get a big slice of the commercial EV pie. United Rentals may have purchased 500 examples of the F-150 Lightning, but Stellantis has also said its upcoming Ram ProMaster EV has piqued the interest of Amazon, which will be the newcomer's first commercial customer. Kia also remains a threat, with the South Korean automaker recently announcing it will begin building a dedicated commercial EV factory.

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