Since its launch early this year, the 2022 Ford E-Transit has gotten off to a hot start, dominating sales in the admittedly small but growing EV van segment, a feat it repeated this past month. Quite a few companies and other entities have placed orders for the E-Transit in recent months as well, including Penske Truck Leasing, Frito Lay, United Rentals, DPD, and Michigan State University, and the EV van is also being used as part of a delivery pilot in the UK, too. Now, delivery giant FedEx has hopped on that proverbial train as well.
FedEx has announced that it is participating in a pilot program in which it will utilize a number of Ford E-Transit vans for its SameDay City service, a local last-mile shipping option that offers door-to-door delivery of time-sensitive parcels within hours. The pilot is taking place across nine cities in the U.S. – Chandler, Arizona, Newark, California, Boca Raton, Florida, Clearwater, Florida, Plantation, Florida, Chicago, Illinois, Madison Heights, Michigan, Allen, Texas, and Frisco, Texas. – each of which features new charging stations at each van’s home FedEx Office location. The goal of the program is to help the company better understand what it will need to do to transition to electric delivery vehicles as it aims to convert its entire fleet to zero-emissions.
“The EV market for commercial vehicles now has more options than ever before, enabling FedEx Office to explore different sustainable vehicle technologies to incorporate into our fleet as FedEx works to electrify its entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet by 2040,” said Brian Philips, president and CEO of FedEx Office. “FedEx SameDay City is a perfect use-case for testing the capabilities of the Ford E-Transit. With the vehicle’s range and the availability of charging infrastructure, we are excited to see how this vehicle performs in our operation and helps us understand the path forward to scale an electrification strategy for FedEx Office.”
“We are thrilled FedEx Office selected E-Transit as the test battery electric vehicle for FedEx SameDay City,” said Tim Baughman, general manager Ford Pro North America. “Ford Pro’s advancements in technology and work-ready electric products will help companies like FedEx improve productivity, lower ownership cost, and accelerate a carbon emissions free future.”