FedEx to Launch Commercial Hybrid-Electric Vans in Europe

FedEx Express today announced plans to introduce 10 hybrid-electric/diesel vehicles to its European fleet, bringing the worldwide total of hybrid vehicles in revenue service at FedEx to more than 100 in North America, Asia and, now, Europe.

The vans, manufactured by Iveco, will initially be trialed close to the manufacturer’s site in Turin, Italy, and will be the first hybrid-electric/diesel vehicles operated by FedEx in Europe. FedEx currently operates hybrid vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Japan.

The van and the hardware that enables the vehicle to operate on both electric and diesel systems will be unveiled at the European Road Transport Show in Amsterdam, Oct. 24 through Nov. 3, 2007.

“With nearly 100 hybrid-electric/diesel vehicles already on the road, knowledge of local regulations and a commitment to the development of alternative technology solutions, FedEx is the perfect company to operate these vehicles,” said Robert W. Elliott, president, FedEx Express, Europe Middle East the Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

“FedEx is making smart strategic investments in projects that will help drive the commercial development of new technologies for industry. We expect these hybrid-electric vehicles to perform with increased fuel efficiency and decreased emissions, making them ideal for city and urban environments.”

He said FedEx recognizes that effective environmental management is one of its most important corporate priorities, and is committed to implementing and helping develop new cost-effective green technologies that provide a real alternative for businesses and consumers in today’s market.

In 2004, FedEx Express introduced the FedEx OptiFleet E700, an environmentally-superior delivery truck, into its delivery fleet. FedEx now has 95 hybrid-electric vehicles in service worldwide that have traveled more than one million miles, and has the largest fleet of hybrid-electric delivery vehicles of any transportation company within the United States.

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