FedEx Express Canada has taken a significant step towards its goal of transforming its parcel pickup and delivery fleet to all-electric vehicles after taking delivery of 50 BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery vans. The deliveries were announced at a special event held in Toronto on Wednesday, where both companies expressed their commitment to sustainable transportation.
The deployment of BrightDrop’s electric vans in Canada aligns with FedEx Express’s ambition to achieve an all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions fleet by 2040. The initial fleet of 50 EVs will serve major cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Surrey. FedEx Express Canada plans to expand its electric vehicle footprint as charging infrastructure is further developed across the country.
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 vans, powered by General Motors’ Ultium Platform, are specifically designed for last-mile deliveries, with an estimated range of up to 400 kilometers on a full charge. These vans are part of a broader agreement between FedEx and BrightDrop, with FedEx planning to incorporate a total of 2,500 electric vehicles into its operations in the coming years. In fact, FedEx already has over 400 electric vehicles in operation in Southern California.
“FedEx Express Canada is proud of the role we’re playing to help our company work toward the goal of carbon-neutral operations globally by 2040,” expressed Dean Jamieson. He emphasized the importance of partnering with innovative companies like BrightDrop, which are contributing to sustainable solutions in Canada and across various industries.
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 vans are manufactured in Ontario at GM’s CAMI Assembly plant. GM made a significant investment to convert CAMI into Canada’s first large-scale electric vehicle factory. With a seven-month retooling process, the plant reopened in December 2022, and the first Zevo 600 rolled off the assembly line, marking the fastest plant conversion in GM’s history.