Thursday, August 20, 2009

FedEx Expands Hybrid-Electric Fleet by 50%

FedEx Expands Hybrid-Electric Fleet by 50%
July 23, 2009 Link to full article below

FedEx Corp. has expanded its hybrid-electric delivery fleet from 172 to 264 with the addition of 92 retrofitted trucks. These hybrids are touted as the first standard FedEx delivery trucks converted to hybrid-electric systems. The retrofitted hybrid vehicles will be placed into service in California, primarily in the Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco metropolitan areas.

The retrofit hybrid trucks are projected to improve fuel economy by 44 percent, decrease particulate matter by 96 percent and reduce smog-causing (NOx) emissions by 75 percent compared to the standard FedEx Express delivery truck.

The hybrid conversions were produced in Charlotte, N.C., over the past six months and created 50 new, temporary green jobs in the area. The converted hybrids were developed with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) and Eaton Corporation, which provided the hybrid-electric systems.

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