FedEx plans to electrify 42 of its vehicle stations following an agreement made with Chanje Energy as part of its ongoing electric vehicle rollout.
In November 2018, FedEx announced the addition of 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles to its fleet. FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc. and leasing 900 from Ryder System, according to the company. The charging station agreement will provide the infrastructure to support the continued rollout of its electric vehicle fleet.
This DC charging system was designed specifically for FedEx. The innovative project will support daily charging for more than 1,000 electric vehicles, which were leased to FedEx. Notable features include:
- Higher maximum power output than standard Level 2 chargers
- Variable rate technology allowing FedEx to proactively adjust charging speed or shift energy usage away from peak hours to minimize electric utility bills
- DC (direct current) charging hardware, which is 10% more efficient than AC (alternating current) charging
- Software platform for remote monitoring and real-time charger controls
Chanje will begin production of the EVs later this year.