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April 8, 2010

Much more than just one truck

At an awards ceremony earlier this week, the UCLA Anderson School of Business bestowed the John Wooden Leadership Award on FedEx founder and CEO Frederick W. Smith.  During dinner at the award ceremony, the subject of FedEx’s “Charge Up Route 66” road trip introducing our new all-electric van came up.  A FedEx customer posed an interesting question, something along the lines of “you just have one truck, isn’t this just about PR?”

March 31, 2010


The view of America on Route 66 gives perspective to where transportation has been.  We were standing on “prosperity corner” in Cuba, Missouri, shooting video of our new “star”, the All Electric van, in front of Hayes Family Shoe Store.  The owner had seen our story on the St.

March 29, 2010

Electric trucks from the wheels up

The all-electric vehicle project has been a bit more challenging than the implementation of the Hybrid-Electric delivery vehicles we have deployed.  (We started with four of them in 2004, and are operating more than 300 now.) This all-electric vehicle, though, was purpose-built, meaning every system in the vehicle must be designed, tested and built from scratch.  To build an entire vehicle from scratch tests the mettle of automotive engineers and customers alike.

March 8, 2010

How to Help Hybrid Trucks Go Mainstream

I’m writing this as I return from a recent CALSTART board meeting where I have assumed the role of chairman after five years of service as a board member. CALSTART is North America’s leading consortium dedicated to the growth of a clean transportation technologies industry.  Having the opportunity to offer time and expertise to an organization such as CALSTART is representative of the overall approach at FedEx to reach out into the communities we service.

July 25, 2009

FedEx Express @ The Hybrid on The Hill Event

I recently had the honor to represent FedEx Express at an event overlooking the steps of the US Capitol building in Washington DC.  One of our Hybrid Diesel-Electric delivery trucks, based a few blocks away at our station here in Washington, was positioned among a few other hybrid trucks.  Of course, ours was the best looking truck, but will admit to a potential bias in that opinion.

July 21, 2009

A Deeper Look at the FedEx Express Retro-Fit Hybrid Delivery Vehicles

July 21st is a landmark day in the FedEx Express effort to bring hybrid technology to the world of commercial vehicles.  About 9 months ago we recognized an opportunity existed to expand our hybrid fleet by converting existing vehicles to this fuel and emissions saving technology.  The conversion of existing long life medium duty vehicles originally manufactured by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) enabled us to bring more hybrid trucks to the road than if we purchased new hybrid trucks.  At the same time, we were able to give older, less fuel efficient trucks a new life.  I ho