Best practices‎ > ‎

FedEx - Environmental Defense Fund Project

Vehicles with diesel engines are notorious for their contribution to harmful air pollution. They also contribute significantly to emissions of greenhouse gases. In 2000, FedEx and Environmental Defense Fund launched a partnership to develop a delivery truck that dramatically decreases emissions while increasing fuel economy. The result was a diesel-electric hybrid, an ideal application for hybrid technology, given the frequent stopping and starting of delivery trucks and their large contribution to pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The FedEx-Environmental Defense Fund project exemplifies many of the qualities of a successful partnership:
The partners shared a common vision and objectives and each brought necessary skills.
FedEx, with its 30,000-vehicle truck fleet, had the purchasing clout to attract manufacturers and the
expertise to test and evaluate the advanced trucks.
Environmental Defense Fund provided the metrics for environmental performance and was the catalyst
in developing a competitive process for manufacturers to meet these standards