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FedEx plans to add 1,000 electric vans to its fleet from California start-up Chanje Energy. The company is purchasing 100 and leasing 900 from supplier Ryder System.

The Chanje vans can travel more than 150 miles on a fully-charged battery. They are manufactured by FDG Electric Vehicles—with whom Chanje has a strategic partnership—in Hangzhou, China. Chanje, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, intends to open an assembly plant in the US eventually.

FedEx will use the vehicles for last-mile delivery, and pick-up services, for both residential and commercial shipments. The company aims to increase vehicle fuel efficiency 50% by 2025, from a 2005 baseline.

“FedEx continually seeks new ways to maximise operational efficiency, minimize impacts and find innovative solutions through the company’s Reduce, Replace, Revolutionize approach to sustainability,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

“Our investment in these vehicles is part of our commitment to that approach of serving our customers and connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully.”

FedEx will receive the vehicles on a rolling basis over the next two years.

Source: FedEx, Tech Crunch

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