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May 28, 2003

FedEx Introduces New Hybrid Electric Delivery Vehicles

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, unveiled a fuel-efficient hybrid-electric-diesel delivery vehicle on May 20th that could become a standard delivery truck for the FedEx Express fleet. The FedEx OptiFleet E700 hybrid electric vehicle increases fuel efficiency by 50 percent while decreasing particulate emissions by 90 percent and reducing smog-causing emissions by 75 percent. Thus far, FedEx Express has agreed to purchase 20 OptiFleet E700s that will be deployed in four U.S. cities within the next year. FedEx expects to order more trucks as needed, and could potentially replace the company's 30,000 medium-duty delivery trucks with hybrid electrics over the next decade.

Eaton Corporation produced the hybrid electric powertrain for the vehicle, combining a four-cylinder engine with a motor and a Lithium-ion battery pack. See the press release, fact sheet, and graphics from the Eaton Corporation.