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FedEx Express tests eActros 300 electric long-haul truck in The Netherlands

FedEx Express has begun a two-week pilot of the tractor unit of an eActros 300 long-haul electric truck, launched by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, in place of a combustion engine tractor and trailer combination, to fulfil domestic linehaul operations from Eindhoven station in the Netherlands.
FedEx Express tests eActros 300 electric long-haul truck in The Netherlands
eActros 300 electric truck. Courtesy of FedEx and Mercedes Benz Trucks.

For the pilot period the truck will be paired with an existing FedEx-owned trailer, transporting shipments collected from larger customers on to FedEx hubs elsewhere in the Netherlands. The vehicle will recharge onsite at the Eindhoven station during down time, using a 40kW temporary charging solution.

“Taking opportunities to test a variety of solutions in different geographical and operational circumstances is a critical part of evaluating solutions as they emerge on the market” said Mark Timmermans, VP European Road Network, FedEx Express Europe. “This two-week test presents an opportunity to gain welcome hands-on experience using new technologies in heavier vehicle types and build a better picture of how such a vehicle and solution could be applied in linehaul operations in Europe.”

As FedEx Express identifies ways to reduce emissions across its road network in Europe, the company continues to explore vehicle specifications and sizes that will best meet the needs of its operations. FedEx Express previously piloted the Mercedes-Benz Trucks eActros 300 as a rigid truck, using it in operations in Basel, Switzerland for a two-week period in 2023. The 19t fully electric vehicle was used to fulfil parcel pickup and delivery routes, journeying between Basel and Geneva and back, before recharging overnight at the FedEx facility near to Basel airport.

Elsewhere in ground operations, FedEx Express has recently added electric vehicles to parcel pickup and delivery operations in Amsterdam, Netherlands, as well as in the UK, Spain, and France.

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