Charlotte, North Carolina – FedEx has added 92 converted hybrid electric trucks to its U.S. delivery fleet, the first standard FedEx trucks converted to hybrid electric systems.

The new trucks increase the courier company’s hybrid electric fleet from 172 to 264 trucks, the largest fleet of hybrid trucks in North America. The fleet has logged more than four million miles of revenue service since being introduced in 2004; the company said it has reduced its fuel use by 150,000 gallons (567,811 litres) and carbon dioxide emissions by 1,521 metric tons, the equivalent of removing 279 cars from the road annually.

The conversions were produced in Charlotte, developed with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Eaton Corporation, which provided the hybrid electric systems. The trucks used in the retrofit program were 2000 and 2001 models, with 300,000 to 500,000 miles (482,803 to 804,672 km) driven. The conversion also extends the life of the vehicles, helping to eliminate waste production and creating a reduce-and-reuse program.

The retrofit hybrid trucks are expected to improve fuel company by 44 per cent, decrease particular matter by 96 per cent, and reduce NOx emissions by 75 per cent, when compared with standard FedEx Express delivery trucks. The vehicles will be placed in service in California, primarily in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

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