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June 21, 2022 12:31 PM, EDT

FedEx Takes Delivery of 150 BrightDrop EVs

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FedEx Corp. announced June 21 it received its first 150 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop, the technology startup from General Motors that is decarbonizing last-mile delivery.

The Memphis, Tenn.-based company noted the delivery marks a critical milestone as it plans to transform its entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet to all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions by 2040. It comes just months after BrightDrop’s commercialization of the Zevo 600 in what FedEx called the fastest vehicle to market in GM’s history.

The 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s were delivered throughout Southern California to FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.

The Zevo 600 is designed for last-mile deliveries, with an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge.

This is part of a larger agreement between FedEx and BrightDrop that will see FedEx incorporate 2,500 Zevo 600s across FedEx operations over the next few years, according to the company.

To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx reported it is building charging infrastructure across its network of facilities, including more than 500 charging stations the company already installed across California. It is also actively working with utility companies to help evaluate and determine the capacity needed for electrical grids to support such charging infrastructure and is investing to expand on-site generation and procurement of renewable energy in its facilities.

FedEx Corp. ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. — Transport Topics

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