FedEx Express begins electric vehicle trials in UAE

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, has announced the beginning of electric vehicle (EV) trials in the UAE.

The six-month trial represents the debut of zero-tailpipe emissions vehicles for FedEx in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and will allow for evaluation of the vehicles’ operational effectiveness on typical routes while carrying a full load of packages.

The company stated that the one-ton electric trucks combine low-energy consumption and high performance. The all-electric delivery vehicles will be used for parcel pick-up and delivery across strategic locations in the UAE.

Taarek Hinedi_FedEx Express
Taarek Hinedi
Vice President
FedEx Express – MEA

“Our efforts to operate more sustainably apply to all areas throughout our network and we are continuously innovating to reduce the environmental impact from daily operations. This first EV trial in the Middle East and North Africa region is a step towards shaping the future of delivery. It requires identifying the right technology to ensure the successful integration of electric vehicles into the FedEx Express fleet, and ultimately enhancing how we support our business, customers, and team members. The increasing popularity of eCommerce means transforming our operations to be more sustainable is more important than ever.”

The trial is part of the efforts to achieve carbon-neutral operations globally by 2040, the company added.

Furthermore, the company’s EV trials are also in line with the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, which lays the foundation of environmental sustainability and climate action as it prepares to host the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

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FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. The company uses a global air-and-ground network to speed the delivery of time-sensitive shipments by a definite time and date.

Across the broader Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa region, FedEx has deployed electric vehicles in several countries, with the region’s largest EV fleet in China. FedEx has also introduced EV trials in India, Thailand, and South Africa to help advance emissions reduction goals.

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