Parcel and Postal Technology International: FedEx to Build Charging Station Infrastructure Across Europe
To facilitate the wider use of electric cars in its future operations, FedEx Express Europe is building 114 charging vehicle outlets at package pickup and delivery facilities in north and south London, Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris, and Strasbourg. In addition, the corporation has ordered 98 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter vehicles, which are expected to be delivered to these locations in 2023.
“Besides identifying specific electric vehicles that fit our operational needs across the fleet, there are complex considerations to electrification that go beyond the vehicle. For electric vehicles to become the norm in an optimized and resilient network, it’s critical that we take the time to get the foundations right, ahead of the physical introduction of the vehicles themselves,” said Vinay D'Souza, Senior Vice President of planning and engineering for FedEx Express Europe.
“By starting first with six major stations, we’ll quickly reach an informed position from which to roll out broader electrification plans in Europe. Getting ahead of our future energy and infrastructure needs is a priority, then integrating electric vehicles in increasing numbers as we continue the retirement of diesel delivery vans.”
FedEx Express Europe plans to install an extra 200 charging stations in its facilities this year, having targeted the next cities and sites for electrification. This is a major milestone for FedEx Express Europe's electrification program, which includes purchasing goals for new EVs. As of March 2021, FedEx Express had a global goal of having half of all newly purchased parcel pickup and delivery trucks be electric by 2025. By 2030, this should increase to 100% of new vehicle orders, helping to achieve the goal of carbon-neutral operations globally by 2040.
Source:FedEx Express readies major European facilities with charging infrastructure to support electrification at scale
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