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In 2004, FedEx Express – together with the Eaton Corporation and the environmental organisation Environmental Defence – introduced into its delivery fleet the FedEx OptiFleet E700, a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) delivery truck.


This new HEV delivery truck has been found to decrease particulate emissions by 96%, reduce smog-causing emissions (NOx and HC) by 65%, and reduce fuel consumption by over 30%.


fedAbout the HEV strategy: FedEx Express and Environmental Defence started this collaborative project in 2000 in order to create a delivery truck that would dramatically decrease emissions and fuel use. Through a competitive process, Eaton Corporation was selected from more than 20 manufacturers who expressed an interest in creating a cleaner vehicle using a variety of technologies.


Since the beginning of the project, progress toward goals has been assessed against the 1999 FedEx Express W700 standard delivery vehicle, which represents the most common model in the FedEx Express fleet.


Following tests in Sacramento, California, the service launch of the new vehicle started in March 2004 to demonstrate the commercial viability of the lower-emission power train in heavy-duty vehicles. These trucks are meeting environmental goals that are based on lab testing at the Southwest Research Institute, which found a particulate matter reduction of 96%, a NOx reduction of 65% and a decrease of fuel consumption by 36%, when compared with the 1999 baseline vehicle. To the driver, the HEV is virtually indistinguishable from the standard model in terms of utility and performance.


FedEx Express currently has 18 hybrid trucks in service in Sacramento, New York, Tampa and Washington, D.C., with additional trucks expected to be introduced in Texas and New York City.