150 BrightDrop electric vehicles delivered to FedEx

After receiving an initial delivery of five electric vans in December, FedEx Corp. has now deployed 150 BrightDrop electric vehicles for use in California.

BrightDrop, a subsidiary of General Motors (NYSE: GM), will deliver a total of 2,500 electric vehicles to FedEx Express (NYSE: FDX) over the next few years, but there is still a possibility that the initial order could be increased to 20,000 , Richard Smith, FedEx regional president for the Americas and executive vice president, told the media during a briefing in January.

FedEx has set a goal to operate a zero-emission, all-electric, global pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet by 2040. The company expects 50% of its global purchases of PUD vehicles to be electric by 2025, to reach 100% by 2030. .

The 150 vans delivered this week are BrightDrop’s Zevo 600 model. 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. It was specifically designed for the delivery of goods and services with over 600 cubic feet of cargo space.

“At FedEx, we have ambitious sustainability goals, and our phased approach to vehicle electrification is a critical part of our roadmap to achieving carbon-neutral global operations,” said Mitch Jackson, chief development officer. from FedEx. “In just under six months, we took delivery of 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s for our parcel collection and delivery fleet. In today’s climate of chip shortages and supply chain issues, this is no ordinary feat and a true testament to the collaboration between FedEx and BrightDrop.

FedEx is building charging infrastructure on its networks, including more than 500 stations already installed in California.

“For FedEx to successfully achieve its sustainability goals, it will take collaboration across the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors,” Jackson said. “Our continued collaboration with BrightDrop is a perfect example of what is possible when two organizations come together and work towards similar goals in pursuit of a better world.”

In April, a FedEx-branded BrightDrop traveled 260 miles from New York to Washington, setting a Guinness World Record for the longest electric van ride on a single charge.

“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,” said Travis Katz, BrightDrop president and CEO. “Our Zevo 600 has been a record-breaking vehicle from the start. From record 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.

In January, BrightDrop secured orders for its vans from several major retailers, including Walmart, which will take delivery of 5,000 vehicles of the 2023 and 2024 model years. Merchants Fleet also announced a vehicle reservation of up to 18,500 BrightDrop and Verizon has committed to an undetermined number of the smaller Zevo 400 minivan.

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