FedEx debuts hybrid delivery vehicles

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - You may soon see big changes to FedEx trucks making local deliveries.

Wednesday, FedEx unveiled plans to convert standard delivery trucks to hybrids.  The trucks are unique because FedEx has converted the once diesel-only vehicles to now run through a combination of battery and diesel power.

"We took 92 existing vehicles that have roughly 300,000 to 500,000 miles and we're giving them a new life," said John Formisano, V.P. for Global Vehicles at FedEx.  "It's kind of the ultimate in recycling."

Formisano says converting the delivery trucks is another attempt by the company to go green.  The trucks' engines are designed to cut down on fuel use, and at the same time cut down on the amount of carbon dioxide going into the environment.

"The power will come from the battery, which will recharge by the trucks driving, and it will come from the diesel engine, so that combination makes the truck about 50 percent more efficient," he said.

Officials at FedEx are convinced hybrid vehicles are the way to go, and have plans to reduce emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020.

"I think it's a win/win for both FedEx, the country and our customers," Formisano said.

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