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Old 02-21-2007, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default FedEx Express Deploys Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Vehicles in Denver

FedEx Express Deploys Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Vehicles in Denver



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Denver to Receive Four FedEx Express Hybrid Electric Delivery Trucks

Hybrids Cut Pollution 90% Compared to Conventional Trucks

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), today introduced four hybrid electric medium-duty trucks into service in the Denver metropolitan area. Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) joined FedEx to unveil the vehicles at a press conference at a FedEx Express facility in downtown Denver.

Salazar, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is a leading voice in the U. S. Senate calling for alternative energy solutions to reduce dependence on foreign oil, enhance national security, protect land and water resources, and create new jobs throughout America.

“The FedEx hybrid electric truck is an excellent example of how one company can take steps to improve our air quality while reducing dependence on foreign oil,” said Salazar. “I, along with a bipartisan group of my Senate colleagues, am championing efforts that will provide incentives for American automobile manufacturers and businesses to produce and use more hybrid and flex-fuel vehicles. I applaud FedEx for taking a leadership role in investing in this technology that delivers cleaner air in our community.”

“The introduction of these hybrid vehicles in Denver is another milestone in our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said John Formisano, vice president of Global Vehicles, FedEx Express. “FedEx thanks Sen. Salazar for his leadership, and we are hopeful that his efforts will help spur manufacturing in the hybrid sector to bring down costs and allow FedEx to introduce more of these outstanding vehicles in cities across Colorado and the country.”

The FedEx Express hybrid, developed in cooperation with Environmental Defense and Eaton Corp., will deliver cleaner and healthier air and reduce climate change impacts. This new vehicle:

Decreases soot by 96 percent and smog causing emissions by 65 percent
Travels 57 percent farther on a gallon of fuel, reducing fuel costs by over a third
Operates and performs like a conventional FedEx Express medium duty vehicle
The introduction of the FedEx Express hybrid vehicles is part of an innovative alliance that began in 2000 between FedEx and Environmental Defense to create the next generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient delivery trucks. FedEx became the first company to begin converting its medium duty truck fleet to hybrid vehicles for commercial use.

Including Denver, FedEx operates a total 93 hybrid vehicles in cities such as New York, Tampa, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

About FedEx Express

FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, usually in one to two business days with the delivery time backed by a money-back guarantee.
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Old 02-21-2007, 03:23 PM   #2
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Awesome. Hybrids (or any other car with brake regenerative function) is a great fit for service vehicles which do a lot of start/stop/idle duty.

A quick google search reveals that UPS is also working to deploy hybrid trucks as well using the same technology.
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Old 02-21-2007, 03:29 PM   #3
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A quick google search reveals that UPS is also working to deploy hybrid trucks as well using the same technology.
So, would that be green or brown?
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Old 02-21-2007, 03:34 PM   #4
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LOL, FedEx is green, while UPS is brown. I guess both is good!
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Taxis should be hybrids damn it.

Come on Ford, build a hybrid Crown Vic!
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Old 02-21-2007, 06:40 PM   #6
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THat seems like a great fit for hybrids - electric motors have a TON of torque, are great for stop-and-go/city driving, and electric motors I believe are better at slower speeds (usually UPS trucks don't go too fast).

It is very good to see companies jump into the green bandwagon - while many of times they do it for the publicity, businesses are also acutely aware of the bottomline - if it isn't cost effective they probably won't do it.
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I want one.

Its a shame though, because one of the trucks I drive puts out enough smoke to cancel out the effects of the entire hybrid fleet. It's almost embarassing to drive sometimes as it smokes out the intersection. It finally went pop, so very likely it will be better soon.
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Old 02-21-2007, 11:21 PM   #8
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Taxis should be hybrids damn it.

Come on Ford, build a hybrid Crown Vic!
Don't you mean a hybrid Ford Taurus500FreestarX?

Reminds me of Futurama with the "ThunderCougarFalconBird". Oh wait, that was in the Ford dealer of the future.
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(usually UPS trucks don't go too fast)
You should try my evening commute sometime. Any of the UPS drivers gets delayed into twilight up on the mountain, and they pass me through the curvy passing zones coming down from it.. at speeds my RS doesn't like going on winter tires.. and I'm no slowpoke. While it's true that they usually don't go too fast... some of them go Warp 4.5.
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Happy to see Scion Xb's as taxis here in teh Reno replacing Crown Vic's, Magnums, and 300's.
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Taxis should be hybrids damn it.

Come on Ford, build a hybrid Crown Vic!
If you Google for hybrid taxis, you'll see that Yellow Cab is phasing in hybrids in various locations. Most cabbies report them using half as much fuel as the cars they replace. They seem to favor the Ford Escape Hybrid for it's size.
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