FedexChicago, Illinois – FedEx has announced its first all-electric parcel delivery trucks in the U.S., which are scheduled to go into service in the Los Angeles area in June. The four trucks are purpose-built for electric operation.

The electric vehicles will join more than 1,800 alternative-energy vehicles already in FedEx service worldwide.

“FedEx has a history of changing what’s possible, both in the innovative services we offer customers and in the way we offer those services,” said John Formisano, vice-president of global vehicles. “In 2004, we were the first global company to invest in hybrid-electric commercial trucks, and now we’re introducing the even cleaner all-electric parcel delivery truck. We’re making these investments, and invite others to join us, so that together we can speed the transition to a cleaner transportation system.”

Two of the trucks are from Navistar and are being assembled in Indiana, based on the Modec design already operated by FedEx in Europe. Ten such Modec vehicles serve FedEx routes in London, and five more are on order for Paris. The other two vehicles are being purchased from a different manufacturer for delivery later in 2010. Both sets of trucks are designed to make a full eight-hour shift of deliveries before recharging is required.

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