FedEx hybrids surpass two-million-mile mark

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FedEx Corp. announced that its existing hybrid-electric truck fleet has reached more than two million miles of revenue service. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company says it also is expanding its commitment to clean-vehicle technology by placing an additional 75 hybrid vehicles into service in the United States and Europe.

FedEx says it now will operate more than 170 hybrid vehicles around the globe, including the largest fleet of commercial hybrid trucks in North America, which comprise nearly one-third of the deployed North American hybrid market. The company — which works with manufacturers Eaton Corp., Isuzu and Iveco — also will purchase 20 vehicles that use an Azure Dynamics hybrid system and Ford gasoline engine and chassis.

“Two million miles of FedEx service is a significant milestone for hybrid vehicles,” says Mitch Jackson, director of environmental affairs and sustainability for FedEx Corp. “FedEx continues to work to advance clean truck technology. We now need the collective leadership of business, nonprofits and government to make cleaner delivery vehicle technology widely available. It’s time for the truck manufacturing industry to create its version of the Prius — clean, affordable and widely available for truck fleets.”

FedEx says the developments are the latest steps in its ongoing efforts with the Environmental Defense Fund to support the clean-technology truck market, which has grown to include more than 30 fleets in North America.