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FedEx Corp. has received its first 150 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, the technology startup from General Motors. FedEx plans to transform its entire US parcel pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet to all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions by 2040.
The deliveries come just months after BrightDrop’s commercialisation of the Zevo 600 as the fastest vehicle to market in GM’s history.
The first 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s were delivered throughout Southern California to FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.
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 see FedEx incorporate 2,500 total Zevo 600s across FedEx operations over the next few years.
Travis Katz, president and CEO of BrightDrop, says: “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. 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.”
“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,” adds Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer, FedEx. “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.”
To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx is building charging infrastructure across its network of facilities, including the more than 500 charging stations the company has already installed across California.