FedEx will test the Nissan e-NV200 electric van in the Yokohama area in Japan starting this month. FedEx has already conducted a trial in Europe last winter, and hopefully this one will be enough to convince them to incorporate more electric vehicles into their large fleet. They would be a perfect early-adopter for electric vehicles; while the electric vans wouldn't do (yet) for long-distance deliveries, they would be perfect to do the end run to people's homes. Electric vehicles do best in the city, and the lower speeds and frequent stops (good for regenerative braking) and predictable routes would give them huge benefits over gas or diesel vehicles.
Masamichi Ujiie, regional vice president, North Pacific, FedEx Express, said, “FedEx has been implementing various environmentally-friendly initiatives all over the world. Since 2005 our goal has been to make our vehicle fleet 20% more fuel efficient by 2020. FedEx is gradually shifting its delivery fleet to more efficient vehicles and increasing its investment in all-electric and alternative drivetrain vehicles.
The Nissan NV200 was chosen as the base vehicle for New York’s Taxi of Tomorrow—the exclusive taxi of New York City. Hopefully this means an eventual transition to the electric version (maybe in few years when battery technology has improved further and costs less, and there are more fast-charging stations around the city).