FedEx's first all-electric fleet truck is driving down Route 66 and making plenty of stops along the way.
FedEx sourced its electric truck from U.K. firm Modec and completely revamped all onboard systems. In prototype guise, an electric motor draws power from an 80-kilowatt-hour battery and generates 102 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. While range is a major concern with pure electric vehicles, the truck reportedly offers a 100-mile range and is equipped with regenerative braking. Additional important specs include a 3000-pound payload rating and a top speed of 50 mph.
To show off its new prototype, FedEx is driving down the picturesque Route 66. The trip started March 29 and will end at the Fortune Brainstorm: Green conference in Laguna Niguel, California (April 12-14). In addition to enjoying the scenery and snapping photos, FedEx is also gathering feedback on the truck from the general public and employees. So far, the majority of the comments have been positive.
According to FedEx, its all-electric trucks are destined for lower-mileage city routes with high package densities. The truck was supplied stateside by truck and heavy-duty engine manufacturer Navistar, and the first evaluation models are launching in Los Angeles this June.
To learn more about the road trip, or for a brief history lesson on Route 66, visit the FedEx link below.