FedEx and BrightDrop recently announced the delivery of the first 150 Zevo 600 electric vehicles to sites throughout southern California. This would be the largest deployment of electric vehicles to date.
This is significant for General Motors (GM) since it is the company’s quickest vehicle from design to sale in its history. This is particularly significant for FedEx since it indicates that they are making progress toward their target of zero tailpipe emissions by 2040.
FedEx has lofty environmental ambitions, and the phased approach to vehicle electrification is a critical component of the company’s plan to reach carbon neutral worldwide.
FedEx received 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s for its parcel pickup and delivery fleet in less than six months. In today’s context of chip shortages and supply chain concerns, BrightDrop has accomplished something extraordinary.
Purchasing EVs is obviously insufficient if you intend to drive them anywhere, so the company is also in the midst of creating tens of thousands of charging stations. They’ve already set up 500 stations in southern California, so these cars can go to work right now.
The company also wants us to know that this isn’t their first effort at employing greener cars. It was the first firm to employ a hybrid-electric delivery truck for pickup and delivery in 2003.
Reference- Inside EVs, FedEx and BrightDrop Online Newsroom, Clean Technica, EV Obsession