FedEx Puts Nissan EV On the Road
The Nissan e-NV200, a 100 percent electric compact cargo vehicle, will hit the road in the North America to make deliveries for FedEx. The announcement was made earlier this week at the Washington Auto Show. The EV addition to FedEx’s delivery fleet is part of the company’s EarthSmart program, a global sustainability drive to make its operations more environmentally-friendly world over. Nissan is also committed to making its operations more sustainable and socially responsible through its Blue Citizenship package whose main focus is to increase the number of no-emissions vehicles by exploring additional vehicle segments where its leading electric vehicle technology may be applied. The companies that carried out similar e-NV200 tests with fleets in Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Brazil.
Washington D.C. is the first area where FedEx will put the e-NV200 on the road. There, it will undergo field tests that will see it performing the routine requirements of a delivery vehicle for approximately six weeks. The results of the trial will help the companies determine its suitability for the task and to fine-tune it to mass production, set to begin in late 2014 in Europe.
FedEx Express currently has 167 electric vehicles and 365 hybrid electric vehicles in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, China and Brazil. The company plans to increase these numbers to 222 and 393 units, respectively, by the end of the fiscal year (May 2014). Since it started adding EVs to its fleet in 2005, FedEx saved between then and 2012 nearly 2.4 million liters of fuel.
The e-NV200 will the second EV Nissan markets globally, following the success of the LEAF. The 100 percent electric matches its gas-powered equivalent in all criteria, including functionality and roominess. It features the same lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules mated with a high-response, 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. Charging is fast, too, and it takes less than 30 minutes to fill its battery up to 80 percent of its total capacity when it is equipped with a quick charge port and using a fast charger.
General Electric is another major company committed to deploying EVs as part of its sustainability strategy. Back in 2011 it announced it would purchase 25,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2015 for its own fleet and global fleet customers.
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