International Logistics Firm FedEx has ordered 120 electric trucks from Xos. These are to be deployed in California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Texas. Delivery is expected to be in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 2022.
The electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Xos was known as Thor Trucks until 2019. The California based company unveiled a prototype electric truck in late 2017 . In August 2018 the company was contracted by UPS to develop an electric delivery truck.
“We are delighted to provide our FedEx Ground customers with our best-in-class electric trucks. We look forward to continuing to support them in meeting their site infrastructure and charging needs at vehicle depots in addition to offering Fleet-as-a-Service and financing alternatives to streamline their purchasing, maintenance, and operating experience,” said Gio Sordoni, Xos’ Co-Founder and COO.
Xos has not yet provided a great deal of detail on the technical specifications of the electric delivery truck. According to the company’s website, the so-called “X-Platform 1” enables modularly adapted vehicles – for example, in terms of wheelbase and battery. Two battery packs of 30 kWh each are integrated into the ladder frame between the axles, which should provide a range of 100 miles or about 160 kilometres. Optionally, two more battery packs can be mounted on the outside of the ladder frame, doubling the capacity to 120 kWh and the range to 200 miles . The company has not said which version FedEx has chosen.
FedEx announced in March this year that it plans to procure 50 per cent all-electric delivery vehicles starting in 2025, with only electric delivery trucks purchased starting in 2030.