Parcel carrier FedEx Corp. said it is adding 1,000 electric vans from startup Chanje Energy to its growing fleet of alternative-energy delivery vehicles in the U.S.
Fed Ex will purchase 100 of the medium-duty V8100 vans from Chanje and lease 900 from Ryder System Inc., Chanje’s distribution and service agent.
The deal follows a 500-vehicle order from Ryder in June and points to a growing demand for clean-emission commercial vehicles.
“We continue to see broadening interest in EVs from businesses of various sizes and industries looking to outsource – especially in the final-mile delivery space where a smaller, more environmentally friendly vehicle is required,” said Dennis Cooke, President – Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder.
Numerous studies have found that the growth of online commerce is exploding demand for quick local delivery services. That has created a need for delivery vehicles that can economically fulfill the demand.
FedEx rival UPS said in June that it will buy 950 electric delivery trucks from Workhorse Group in what was a key order for the electric-vehicle startup. With 60-kilowatt-hour battery packs the N-Gen vans can travel up to 100 miles before they need to be recharged. The cost will be about $6 to travel 100 miles, significantly lower than the expense of fuel to run gas or diesel-powered trucks.
Each Chanje van can save FedEx up to 2,000 gallons of fuel per year, the delivery company said. Chanje estimates average fuel economy at the equivalent of 50 mpg.
FedEx plans to use the vans in its FedEx Express commercial and residential pickup and delivery services throughout California, said Mitch Jackson, the company’s chief sustainability officer.
“Our investment in these vehicles is part of our commitment to that approach of serving our customers and connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully,” Jackson said.
FedEx has been using electric vehicles in its domestic delivery fleet since 2009.
The Chanje vans can travel up to 150 miles on a single charge carrying a ton of cargo. Maximum cargo capacity, with diminished range, is 6,000 pounds.
The medium-duty Chanje electric van is a purpose-built, extended-length panel truck. It uses dual electric motors capable of delivering 564 pound-feet of torque and 198 horsepower.
The van is almost 27 feet long and has a 685-cubic-foot cargo bay. The van’s lithium-ion battery pack is mounted below the cargo floor between the frame rails.
Chanje imports the vans from its majority owner, Hong Kong-based FDG Group. The vans are built in FDG’s plant in Hangzhou, on China’s eastern coast.