Earlier this year, we reported that FedEx was planning to purchase 500 EV delivery vehicles from General Motors’ commercial electric vehicle business, BrightDrop. Now, the delivery services company has announced that it is planning to electrify its entire fleet of delivery vehicles by the year 2040, which consists of over 200,000 units.
FedEx will reportedly invest $2 billion into its effort to become carbon-neutral via vehicle electrification, sustainable energy, and carbon sequestration. But will take a phased approach to convert its fleet to EVs. By 2025, half of its new delivery vehicle purchases will consist of EVs, a number that will rise to 100 percent by 2040.
“We have a responsibility to take bold action in addressing climate challenges,” said Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO, FedEx Corp. “This goal builds on our longstanding commitment to sustainability throughout our operations, while at the same time investing in long-term, transformational solutions for FedEx and our entire industry.”
It’s unclear if FedEx plans to continue to purchase electric delivery vehicles exclusively from BrightDrop, but there is a large opportunity here, as the company will need to source hundreds of thousands of EVs over the next two decades. As we’ve previously reported, Amazon is well underway testing its new Rivian electric delivery vehicles, so the Ford-backed startup could certainly be poised to grab a share of this business.
Additionally, Ford is in a good position to sell its forthcoming E-Transit, an electrified version of the Ford Transit, to FedEx and other delivery companies. The E-Transit is scheduled to enter production later this year and is based on the global, best-selling Transit that already dominates the commercial van segment.
FedEx certainly won’t be the last major delivery company making the move to electric vehicles, even if it appears that the United States Postal Service will not any time soon. And that means there’s a huge opportunity for Ford and other automakers to step up and sell a bunch of electric vans in the coming years.