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April 7, 2011
FedEx Chairman, President and CEO, Fred Smith has said of our nation's dependence on oil, "What is needed now is an urgent, national commitment to action." As oil prices once again top $100 a barrel, we're unveiling a video that we hope will help bring more attention to doing just that.
April 8, 2010
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
So why are we doing this? Motoring west on old Route 66 demonstrating the first all-electric FedEx truck? Following the route of a highway that doesn’t even officially exist any more with a vehicle that looks like it should be delivering E.T.? Because we want to remind people of the power of a vision. In this case, two visions for American transportation: one from the past, one for the future.
March 29, 2010
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.