FedEx Express, the express delivery branch of US-based FedEx Corp, has announced plans to add six electrically-powered delivery vehicles to its fleet in Brazil, making it the first freight carrier to introduce electric vehicles in Latin America. The vehicles - which will be delivering on the streets of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro from January 2014 - will be able to cover approximately 75 miles on a single charge.
|The electrically-powered FedEx Kangoo Maxi ZE - |
to be introduced in Brazil in January 2014.
The introduction of the electric vehicles (EVs) is intended to contribute to FedEx Express' efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. So far, the company has introduced EVs into urban areas in six other countries: USA, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, China. From 2005-12 the introduction of these vehicles into the FedEx fleet has saved approvimately 528,000 gallons of fuel, and with the introduction of the vehicles in Hong Kong also imminent, FedEx have revised its initial energy efficiency goal from 20 to 30 percent improvement by 2020.
Regional President of FedEx Express, Latin America commentedL "This is a milestone for the Latin American region, and we are excited to provide this type of vehicle to Brazil as part of our efforts to find cleaner, more efficient transportation solutions. We hope to be a catalyst in motivating other companies in the region to develop sustainability programs, as environmental responsibility is such an important part of doing business."