FedEx deploys EVs in South Africa

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14th June 2023

By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Senior Contributing Editor Online


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Express transportation company FedEx Express, a subsidiary of NYSE-listed FedEx, has deployed its first ten electric vehicles (EVs) in South Africa, as part of the company’s continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainable logistics.

Introducing EVs in South Africa marks an important milestone for FedEx, as the company works towards its goal of transforming its entire global pickup and delivery fleet to zero-emission EVs by 2040.

To achieve this, FedEx Express intends for half of the new vehicles it buys to be electric by 2025. By 2030, it plans for all the new vehicles it buys to be electric.

In 2021, FedEx conducted EV trials in South Africa to test EV technology and assess its operational effectiveness on a standard route fully loaded with packages.

The EVs introduced into the FedEx fleet in South Africa are MAXUS eDeliver 3s, which have zero tailpipe emissions, and on a full charge have a 240 km operational range.

“For decades FedEx has been committed to sustainability. The adoption of these EVs represents another step towards reducing our environmental impact and achieving carbon-neutral operations.

“With the explosion of e-commerce, transforming our operations to be more sustainable is now more important than ever. We believe this investment in EV technology will not only benefit the environment but also improve the efficiency of our operations, and ultimately provide a better service to our customers,” says FedEx Express sub-Saharan Africa operations MD Natasha Parmanand.

In 2003, FedEx was the first delivery company in the world to use hybrid vehicles for pickup and delivery, and in 1994 the company used its first EV – an acid battery-powered vehicle – in California. 

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online



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