FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation and the world’s largest express transportation company, is preparing six of its major hubs in Europe for support the widespread use of electric vehicles in your future operations.
The first 114 charging points for electric vehicles will be installed, by the hand of Shell Recharge Solutions, in parcel collection and delivery stations in Madridas well as other facilities in North and South London, Paris, Amsterdam and Strasbourg.
has been done simultaneously an order for 98 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter vanswith the majority expected to arrive at these six facilities in the spring of 2023.
The FedEx Express station in Madrid will benefit from the installation of 33 electric charging points pending the delivery of the 33 new electric vehicles next spring.
“As we actively strive to reduce carbon emissions from our ground operations, we are committed to replacing the diesel vehicles we are retiring with electric pickup and delivery solutions,” said Ian Silverton, MD Ground Operations, FedEx Express in Spain. “Madrid is key to our network, and being one of the first locations to benefit from this deployment immediately opens up new possibilities for us on how we operate more sustainably in the city.”
The stations benefiting from this first deployment of charging infrastructure have been selected following a comprehensive assessment of the station’s energy capacity, the availability of a low or zero carbon renewable energy supply, and the maximum number of vehicle routes. that could transition to electric vehicles in the near-term future.
“In addition to identifying specific electric vehicles that fit our operational needs across the fleet, there are complex considerations for electrification that go beyond the vehicle. For electric vehicles to become the norm in an optimized and resilient network, it is critical that we take the time to lay the groundwork before the physical introduction of the vehicles themselves.”
“By starting six of our main stations first, we will quickly reach an informed position from which to implement broader electrification plans in Europe. Getting ahead of our future energy and infrastructure needs is a priority, then integrating electric vehicles in ever-increasing numbers as we continue to phase out diesel delivery vans,” said Vinay D’Souza, Senior Vice President of Planning and Engineering of FedEx Express Europe.
FedEx Express Europe aims to install an additional 200 charging points in European facilities this year, having prioritized the next cities and locations on their path to electrification. FedEx continues to modernize its global fleet with the acquisition of more electric vehicles for Europe, which will follow this second phase of infrastructure expansion.
This marks a significant step in FedEx Express Europe’s electrification roadmap, which already sets procurement targets for new electric vehicles. In March 2021, FedEx Express set a goal for 50% of all newly purchased package pickup and delivery vehicles to be electric by 2025. This figure should increase to 100% of new vehicle orders by 2030, contributing to the desired position of having carbon neutral operations worldwide by 2040.