FedEx will expand testing of the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 utility van to Japan's Yokohama region this month.

The delivery company will test the Nissan for about a month. Nissan's already tested the EV in Japan with AEON Retail Co.

The agreement marks a continuation of the road-testing partnership between FedEx and Nissan. FedEx started testing the electric concept version of Nissan's NV200 in Europe last fall, and expanded that effort to the U.K. in December.

Nissan said in May that it's spending about $125 million upgrading its NV200 factory in Barcelona to accommodate production of the electric van, which is expected to start by spring 2014. The concept version uses the same powertrain as the Nissan Leaf.

FedEx says it has about 43 permanent electric vehicles in the U.S. and Europe, in addition to more than 300 hybrid-electric delivery trucks. Scroll down to read more in the official press release.
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FedEx Express to Test 100% Electric Nissan e-NV200 in Yokohama Area

Nissan and FedEx Express to begin testing of the 100% electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle in July
Second test of e-NV200 with FedEx following a trial in Europe in fall 2011
Trial results and feedback will be reflected in a future commercial version
YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 11, 2012) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., in cooperation with FedEx Express, will carry out real-world driving tests of the 100% electric commercial vehicle, e-NV200, in the Yokohama area beginning in mid-July. The e-NV200 test vehicle is based on Nissan's multi-purpose compact van NV200.

Nissan will provide FedEx Express with a test model e-NV200 to use as a delivery vehicle for approximately one month. Nissan will then evaluate the vehicle's potential for the delivery of international air cargo. This will be the second test conducted with FedEx, following a similar trial in Europe during last winter.

Nissan has road tested the e-NV200 with several other major fleet companies this year, including AEON Retail Co., Ltd. in Japan and British Gas in Europe. Valuable feedback gleaned from the real-world testing will be reflected in the development of future Nissan production models.

FedEx Express Test e-NV200

The 100 electric vehicle Nissan LEAF on the e-NV200 provides exceptionally smooth acceleration and quietness, driving characteristics which are unique to electric vehicles, while keeping CO2 emissions zero at the point of use. Additionally, the model's enviable cost of ownership – a priority for many companies – will be a highly attractive attribute when it competes in the commercial vehicle marketplace.

Masamichi Ujiie, regional vice president, North Pacific, FedEx Express, said, "FedEx has been implementing various environmentally-friendly initiatives all over the world. Since 2005 our goal has been to make our vehicle fleet 20% more fuel efficient by 2020. FedEx is gradually shifting its delivery fleet to more efficient vehicles and increasing its investment in all-electric and alternative drivetrain vehicles.

"We value this opportunity to provide feedback and contribute to the development of the e-NV200," continued Ujiie."FedEx is committed to delivering highly reliable service to our customers in an environmentally responsible way."

The Nissan NV200 is a new-generation compact commercial vehicle suited to a wide variety of driving situations for customers around the world, including businesses, daily use, or leisure. It was chosen as the base vehicle for New York's Taxi of Tomorrow-the exclusive taxi of New York City. The NV200 first became available in Japan and Europe in 2009 and is now available in many other countries, including China and Malaysia. Future launches are planned for the U.S. and India. Nissan now sells the NV200 in approximately 40 countries throughout the world. It has received positive feedback from customers for its spacious interior, competitive fuel economy, excellent driving performance, and attractive design.

Nissan aims to be the leader in zero emissions vehicles. In addition to carrying out the development of electric vehicles, the company is engaged in comprehensive efforts to expand the use of electric vehicles and promote sustainable mobility. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has already concluded more than 100 partnerships related to zero emission mobility with national and local governments, and corporations, throughout the world. Nissan is also engaged in related efforts such as producing lithium ion batteries; developing the EV charging infrastructure and proprietary speed charging equipment; and the recycling and reuse of batteries.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

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

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hurry the F--up FedEx, by now you should have thousands of these!
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick
        exactly. That whole fixed route thing....unlike the general public, their routes are a known quantity. Then, paint the darn things green, advertise how cool you are and how much you care, and profit. Maybe even find some smoke belching UPS truck in front of some dead trees, and say, Fed Ex...Green. UPS...Brown. Even in an evil robber baron corporate raider right winger mindset, it makes sense. The nifty part is, UPS would then have to scramble to electrify their fleet as well. Don't make me go into DHL....(bastards)
          throwback
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I think Fed-ex is more interested in saving money than showing how green they are. They clearly see EVs as a good move for their bottom line. Good for them and their shareholders.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          throwback Sure they do care about their bottom line, and since we know EVs save them money.........why don't they buy more of them?
      Breconeer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree, Spec. Delivery fleets are ideal candidates for EV usage and will surely lead the way. This text is from one of the press releases put out last December when Renault and Peugeot announced their 10,000 vehicle order from the French postal service: Paris - December 13th, 2011 La Poste hands workers keys to 10,000 electric vehicles Jean-Paul Bailly, Chairman and Managing Director of La Poste, unveiled today in Chanteloup-Les-Vignes (78) the first 10 of 10,000 electric vehicles to be deployed by 2015 for the collection and delivery of mail by postal workers throughout France. Piloted by Jean-Paul Bailly and coordinated by the public procurement organisation, Ugap (Union of Public Purchasing Groups) back in April 2010, this order is the culmination of extensive studies, discussions and an unprecedented tender led by the national purchasing group of electric vehicles. On October 28th of this year, the purchasing group made public its choice of manufacturers: Renault and Peugeot. The first lot, consisting of lightweight commercial vehicles with a load capacity of 3m3, was allocated to Renault, and of the 15,637 Renault Kangoo Z.E.s to be manufactured over the next 4 years, 10,000 will go to La Poste. Soon to boast over 10,000 cars and several thousands of electric quads between now and 2015, not to mention more than 10,000 electric bicycles, La Poste will be at the helm of one of the most sizeable electric vehicle fleets in the world.
      • 2 Years Ago
      WAY TO GO FEDEX GO GREEN
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fixed route, specialized light commercial market is an absolute natural for EV use. It's good to see that the OEM's are beginning to understand the importance of this market. Even the obvious problem of the value of these vehicle once obsolete isn't really a problem since most commercial fleets have more or less written the value of this class of vehicle off and the end of it's working life. Well done Nissan, and all fleet owners of EV light commercials.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        I'm not sure what you mean by obsolete. Commercial vehicles are normally run until the maintenance costs exceed the cost of buying or leasing a new one. That is a heck of a long way down the road for electric vehicles, and apart from replacing the battery pack there would seem no good reason not to keep an EV delivery vehicle on the road for many years, amounting to at least two pack's worth of batteries, and probably more.
          throwback
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          dave, you have to consider the wear and tear these vehicles take. Especially in a city enviroment where the roads can beat up a vehicle. My guess is suspensions and bodies go before powertrains in city delivery vehicles.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Opinions vary, but: 'Smith sees a similar second life model developing with the LiFePO4 vehicles. A fleet manager would be able to operate an EV until its range capabilities decrease below requirements; then sell the vehicle into an application that requires lower mileage. There are road-going electric commercial vehicles built by Smith 30 years ago that are still working. Smith’s second life conclusions on battery-powered trucks should be echoed in battery-powered cars. Many battery makers use ten years as the expected useful life.' http://www.green-energy-news.com/arch/nrgs2010/20100079.html
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        I have been harping on this for years. Thank God they are finally starting to listen. Soon, all my plans will be complete! Muah! (ADHD if you haven't figured it out already)
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fed Ex has been a pioneer in using electrics and promoting their usage. Of course, it is in their best interest . . . oil costs and truck maintenance are a huge part of their business. With relatively inexpensive off-the-shelf EVs becoming available, perhaps EVs can start making a dent in the delivery biz. If they drive those vans ~60 miles every day, they should see cost savings despite the higher up-front cost.
      Breconeer
      • 2 Years Ago
      - and Japan Post previously announced they were working towards 20,000 electric delivery vehicles. These Nissan vans being one of several makes they've been trialling alongside the other makes they already bought.
      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow... this thing looks nice!
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