FedEx Charges Up with Electric Delivery Trucks

Earlier this spring, we reported that FedEx had plans to roll out a series of all-electric delivery trucks to be alpha-tested in the grueling Los Angeles delivery circuit. Now the shipping giant appears to be moving ahead, with the announcement that Navistar, Inc.–the makers of these new electric trucks–will be delivering 400 of FedEx’s first full-production eStar all-electric commercial trucks by the end of 2010.

With no carbon emissions from the tailpipe and a 100 mile range, these trucks are believed to be the first medium-duty commercial vehicle to receive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a clean fuel fleet vehicle as well as California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification as a zero emissions vehicle. This Class 2c-3 electric truck (the first in its category) was developed specifically for urban applications requiring shifts no shorter than 8 hours on, 8 hours off, a key consideration for FedEx.

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“For businesses, municipalities and other organizations that demonstrate their environmental commitment, the eStar provides them with a smart option,” said Shane Terblanche, general manager of electric vehicles for Navistar, said in a statement. “We have brought the eStar to market to meet the needs of responsible customers who strive to have a positive impact on the environment through energy efficiency.”  For L.A. residents, that may mean an eco ground-shipping option in the near future.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.