FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), which started construction on electronic DC (direct current) charging stations in January, today announced an agreement with Chanje Energy Inc., to electrify 42 FedEx stations in California. This makes it one of the largest deployments of integrated charging infrastructure by a single commercial fleet so far. FedEx has been using all-electric vehicles as part of its pickup-and-delivery fleet since 2009.
FedEx previously announced the addition of 1,000 Chinese-made 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. Today’s agreement will provide the infrastructure to support the continued rollout of its electric vehicle fleet.
“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,” said Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer, FedEx
The DC charging system was designed specifically for FedEx. The project will support daily charging for more than 1,000 electric vehicles, which were leased to FedEx.
- 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% more efficient than AC (alternating current) charging
- Software platform for remote monitoring and real-time charger controls
Chanje Energy Inc. will begin production of the EVs later this year (the growing corona virus epidemic/pandemic might delay this – editor). The vehicles are manufactured by FDG Electric Vehicles Limited (HKEX: 729) 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 says that wider adoption of alternative-fuel, electric and hybrid electric vehicles in transportation will play a key role in reducing global emissions, while diversifying and expanding renewable energy solutions.