FedEx plans to deliver more fuel efficiency

Package delivery giant FedEx has announced more “aggressive” plans to improve the fuel efficiency of its global fleet of cars. The firm’s express delivery service – which handles more than […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Package delivery giant FedEx has announced more “aggressive” plans to improve the fuel efficiency of its global fleet of cars.

The firm’s express delivery service – which handles more than 4 million shipments every working day – has set a new target to cut the fuel its vehicles use by 30% by 2020, doubling its original goal.

The firm said yesterday the Express business has already outdone targets which it set itself in 2008 to improve fuel efficiency by 20% by 2020. It says using hybrid cars, fully electric models (pictured) and traditional petrol vehicles which are more efficient, has helped the delivery service to eat up less fuel.

The delivery firm expects to save around 20 million gallons of fuel this year because of its fuel efficiency efforts.

By the end of 2013 it will have 360 hybrid-electric and 200 electric cars on the roads and so far they have travelled more than 15 million miles in service.

Dennis Beal, Vice President of Global Vehicles for FedEx Express said: “FedEx Express follows a three-tiered strategy to improve the fuel efficiency of its fleet: Reduce, Replace and Revolutionise… [which] allows us to develop vehicle technologies for the future while maximising the conventional vehicles we operate today.”

Last year the firm also announced it was upping plans to cut its aircraft emissions to a 30% reduction by 2020.