The FedEx Express Canada fleet now includes 50 BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric vans, moving the company closer to its goal of transforming its entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet to all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles by 2040.
The initial 50 vans will serve Toronto, Montreal, and Surrey, although FedEx Express Canada plans to grow its EV fleet footprint to 2,500 vehicles. To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx is installing charging infrastructure across its Canadian facilities.
Powered by General Motors’ (GM) Ultium Platform, the Zevo 600 is designed for last-mile deliveries, with an estimated range of up to 400 kilometres (248.5 miles). BrightDrop manufactures the Zevo 600s at GM’s CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario, which GM's nearly one billion Canadian dollar investment converted into Canada's first large-scale EV factory.
“Working with companies like BrightDrop that are helping to build these solutions, right here in our own backyard, shows how Canada is helping to bring more sustainable solutions to life across a variety of industries,” said Dean Jamieson, vice president of operations at FedEx Express Canada.
FedEx Express Canada has been collaborating on testing other solutions to reduce its footprint in crowded urban centers, aiming to help bring these innovations worldwide. Canada has one of the largest e-cargo bike fleets in the FedEx global network, with more than 40 e-bikes operating in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. It has also been piloting innovations like the BrightDrop Trace Move, an electric cart to assist couriers, in Toronto.