FedEx Makes First Electric Cross-Border Trip From Malaysia To Singapore

FedEx Makes First Electric Cross-Border Trip From Malaysia To Singapore

FedEx Express is making its first fully electric cross-border trip with an EV from Malaysia to Singapore as part of its sustainability effort. FedEx Express is a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, one of the world’s largest express transportation companies which has committed to being carbon neutral by 2040.

With its operations present around the globe, it is exploring different ways of reaching this goal to reduce its carbon footprint through various initiatives including fleet modernisation (air and land transport), use of alternative fuels / energy, and improving the energy efficiency of its facilities. FedEx Express Malaysia_Efficiency_Carbon Neutrality_Tien-Long Woon

One of its initiatives in Malaysia is to explore the all-electric option. FedEx is currently running electric vans for pick-up and deliveries within the Klang Valley. The trial run from Malaysia to Singapore with a Maxus eDeliver 7 electric van will be used by the company to assess the operational effectiveness of EVs for future cross-border pick-up and delivery operations. This trial is also necessary to explore options as the cost of diesel fuel will not stay at current levels indefinitely.

For this run, FedEx is supported by Weststar Maxus as well as Shell Malaysia via its Shell Recharge EV charging station. The Maxus van will run from the FedEx station in Shah Alam to its facility in Changi Airport, Singapore and will cover a distance of 406 kilometres. The electric van will make a stop at Shell Tangkak (southbound) for a charging session. Data gathered on this trip will be used to evaluate the transition to non-fossil-fuel based logistics operations. The company estimates that this trial journey with an electric vehicle will reduce CO2 emissions from the tailpipe by about 100 kg compared to a diesel van. FedEx Express Malaysia_Shell_Weststar Maxus_Electric Van

“Our efforts to reduce emissions throughout our business means we need to think strategically about all of our ground operations, not just last-mile delivery,” said Kawal Preet, president of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region, FedEx. “This cross-border trial is a proof of concept that will help inform and advance our fleet electrification programme in the region, in line with our customers’ desire for sustainable time-definite delivery.”

This trial is considered a milestone for FedEx in its move towards transforming its global pick-up and delivery fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2040 in phases. Throughout the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions, FedEx has already deployed electric vehicles in several countries, with its largest EV fleet in Asia being in China. FedEx has also tested EVs in India, Thailand, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates to help advance its emissions reduction goals.

“Making this cross-border attempt with a zero-tailpipe emissions vehicle goes beyond a logistical achievement, and represents a bold step in beginning to redefine industry standards,” said Tien-Long Woon, managing director of FedEx Express Malaysia. “FedEx is committed to innovating and leveraging technologies that enable improvements to the efficiency of our operations, as well as provide better and more sustainable service to our customers in Malaysia.” FedEx Express Malaysia_Maxus eDeliver 7_Electric Van

FedEx recently launched a cloud-based carbon emissions reporting tool i.e. FedEx Sustainability Insights to give customers in Malaysia access to historical emissions information on their shipment within the FedEx network. The data enables its customers to make informed decisions on their shipping strategy as well as on their own sustainability efforts to reduce carbon footprint.

You can learn about the FedEx sustainability programmes at FedEx_Electric Vehicles


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