Washington Tests Follow Japan, Singapore, Britain and Brazil
FedEx Express and Nissan will evaluate the automaker’s new e-NV200, a 100% battery-electric compact cargo vehicle, under real-world conditions in Washington, D.C., the firms said at the Washington Auto Show.
“This test marks the first time the vehicle will be running in North America,” states a release. Previous FedEx Express-Nissan trials of the e-NV200 have been conducted with fleets in Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
The U.S. trials fit with the FedEx EarthSmart and Nissan Blue Citizenship initiatives.
e-NV200 Is Based on the Leaf
“We’re eager to work with FedEx and other companies to put the e-NV200 through its paces to continue to build awareness of the capability of electric vehicles and to evaluate how well it meets the needs of the commercial consumer,” Nissan EV sales and marketing director Erik Gottfried said in a release.
“We’d also like to explore clever uses of EVs in work environments where carbon emissions of gas-powered vehicles make them impractical or impossible to use.”
The front wheel-drive e-NV200 has a powertrain based on the all-electric Nissan Leaf passenger car with the same lithium ion battery. Nissan is to begin mass production later this year in Europe.
FedEx Express, says the Washington announcement, currently has 167 electric vehicles and 365 hybrid electric vehicles in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and China. “By the end of this fiscal year (May 31, 2014), the company plans to increase these numbers to 222 and 393, respectively.
30% Better Fuel Efficiency by 2020
“From 2005 to 2012, the introduction of this type of vehicle in the fleet enabled the company to save nearly 2.4 million liters of fuel.”
“Initiatives like this, aligned with others, such as matching the right vehicle to the right route, buying vehicles with the right-sized engines and inclusion of light vehicles into the fleet, have allowed FedEx to quickly progress towards its goal of increasing the fuel efficiency of its fleet, which the company revised in the beginning 2013 by increasing its initial improvement target from 20% to 30% by 2020.”
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Source: Nissan and FedEx Express with Fleets & Fuels follow-up