FedEx received its first 150 Zevo 600 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, the technology startup from General Motors that is aiming to decarbonize last-mile delivery. FedEx plans to transform its entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet to all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions by 2040. This news comes just months after BrightDrop’s commercialization of the Zevo 600, making it the fastest vehicle to market in GM’s history.
“At FedEx, we have ambitious sustainability goals, and our phased approach to vehicle electrification is a crucial part of our roadmap to achieve carbon neutral global operations,” Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer for FedEx, said. “In just under six months, we’ve taken delivery of 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s for our parcel pickup and delivery fleet. In today’s climate of chip shortages and supply chain issues, that’s no ordinary feat and a true testament to the collaboration between FedEx and BrightDrop.”
The first 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s were delivered throughout Southern California to FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx. Powered by GM’s Ultium Platform, the Zevo 600 is designed for last-mile deliveries, with an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge. This is part of a larger agreement between FedEx and BrightDrop that will lead to FedEx incorporating 2,500 total Zevo 600s across FedEx operations over the next few years.
“This shows how BrightDrop is delivering sustainable solutions at scale to customers today, and we couldn’t be happier to be part of FedEx’s sustainability journey,” Travis Katz, president and CEO of BrightDrop, said. “Our Zevo 600 has been a record-setting vehicle from the start. From a record-setting time to market to delivering one of the largest fleets of electric delivery vans on the road today, BrightDrop is showing the world what sustainable delivery looks like.”
To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx is building charging infrastructure across its network of facilities, including more than 500 charging stations the company has already installed across California. FedEx is also working with utility companies to help evaluate and determine the capacity needed for electrical grids to support such charging infrastructure and is investing to expand on-site generation and procurement of renewable energy in its facilities.
“For FedEx to successfully achieve our sustainability goals, it will require collaboration across the public, non-profit and corporate sectors,” Jackson said. “Our ongoing collaboration with BrightDrop is a perfect example of what is possible when two organizations come together and work toward achieving similar goals in pursuit of a better world.”
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