FedEx expands electric delivery fleet in London
In London, FedEx is integrating 23 eSprinters – namely, 19 in the district of Bermondsey and four in Hornsey. The all-electric 3.5-tonne trucks serve routes in central London and are thus “ideal for serving the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zones,” according to the logistics company. FedEx has installed 19 charging points in Bermondsey and 20 in Hornsey – “in anticipation of the site’s future energy needs,” it says. In other words, FedEx will soon station more electric transporters in Hornsey.
It is also certain that the branches in Barking, Enfield and Milton will be the next to be equipped with electric vehicles in 2024. The expansion of the charging infrastructure is planned for three further pick-up and delivery stations in and around London, FedEx informs.
Robert Peto, Vice President Operations UK at FedEx Express, says: “Our employees and customers alike are excited to see the first of these vehicles out and about in London, making zero-tailpipe emissions parcel pick-up and deliveries more commonplace for us as we gradually electrify our FedEx-owned pick-up and delivery fleet in Europe.”
FedEx is also deploying its first electric vehicles in the United Arab Emirates. The subsidiary FedEx Express has put its first three electric transporters into operation there.
The logistics giant wants to electrify its entire delivery fleet by 2040. From 2025, FedEx intends to procure half of its delivery vehicles to be electric, and from 2030, 100 per cent.
It will take another ten years before the last existing vehicles with combustion engines are retired from service. That brings FedEx to the target year 2040 for a fully electric fleet. The plan applies to the company’s activities worldwide. The new procurement strategy is embedded in a roadmap launched by the company in 2021 to reduce CO2 emissions. The core of this roadmap is the Group’s target of CO2 neutrality by 2040.