FedEx Corp. has received its first five of an order of 500 electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs) from BrightDrop, the new electric delivery and logistics business from General Motors. FedEx has set a goal to operate an all-electric, zero-emission global pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet by 2040.
As part of that zero-emissions effort, FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., plans for 50% of its global PUD vehicle purchases to be electric by 2025, rising to 100% by 2030. Powered by the Ultium battery platform, the EV600 is designed for deliveries, with an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge. Purpose-built for the delivery of goods and services, the vehicle offers more than 600 cu. ft. of cargo area.
These first few EV600s were delivered to the FedEx Express facility in Inglewood, Calif., where they will be housed and operated. To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx is building charging infrastructure across its network of facilities, including the 500 charging stations the company has already installed across California. FedEx is also actively working with utility companies to help evaluate and determine the capacity needed for electrical grids to support such charging infrastructure, the company says.