FedEx introduces zero emissions vans to Belgium

Five new all electric Nissan e-NV200 delivery vans have been deployed in Belgium by FedEx. The zero emissions vehicles are being used for pickups and deliveries in Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp.

While a start they only account for less than 2% of the 150 strong Belgian fleet.

Erik Uljee, the newly-appointed vice president, Ground Operations Benelux, FedEx Express, said, “When it comes to road network and transport, Belgium is a key player.

“As the world’s largest express distribution company with unmatched infrastructure and latest technology, FedEx aims to make a real difference in shaping the future.  Our first priority is to reduce overall mileage by optimizing routes.  We match vehicles to journey based on load volume and route length, and plot the shortest routes.  We also apply our logistics expertise to reduce empty miles when vans travel with less than optimal loading.  As major cities with important last-mile deliveries, Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels offer the perfect opportunity for the Nissan e-NV200 vans.”

Patrick Roedolf, senior manager, Operations, Clearance & Brokerage Benelux, FedEx Express, added: “The Nissan e-NV200 vans not only help reduce CO2 emissions, they are also quieter, which is generally a big issue in urban areas.”

In the face of falling volumes of commuter traffic on European cities delivery vehicles for companies such as FedEx seem to be replacing cars and causing congestion and pollution. As such they are becoming the focus of local legislators’ attention and it seems that many delivery companies are coming up with their own solutions before they are pushed from other quarters…

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