FedEx, Eaton partner on new hybrid delivery truck

WASHINGTON (May 21, 2003) — FedEx Corp.’s FedEx Express division plans to introduce a hybrid electric and diesel delivery vehicle to four U.S. cities by early next year.

The FedEx OptiFleet E700 hybrid electric vehicle, manufactured by Eaton Corp. decreases particulate emissions by 90 per cent, cuts smog-causing emissions by 75 per cent, and increases fuel efficiency by 50 per cent compared to the standard medium-duty truck, FedEx said in a press release.

FedEx will purchase 20 of the trucks from Eaton and may integrate more trucks into delivery fleets around the U.S. and Canada by the fall of 2004. The company also predicted that over the next 10 years, the new model could replace the company’s 30,000 medium-duty trucks.

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