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Net Impact Q&A with Mitch Jackson on FedEx: Starting the Shift to Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” - Henry David Thoreau

I have the privilege of speaking again at this year’s upcoming 2011 Net Impact Conference. In preparation for this, Net Impact, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to inspire and educate in creating a more sustainable world, interviewed me on some of the actions that FedEx is taking, why we’re doing so, and what the attendees should take away from it. The piece follows here:

2011 Annual Report: We’re making excellent progress toward greater fuel efficiency & implementing alternative sources of energy

Just like you, we’re keeping an eye on the cost of fuel. At FedEx, our vision is to help develop a new short-haul transportation system powered by electricity. I am a member of the Electrification Coalition, which recommends the creation of “electrification deployment communities” — areas where incentives would support electrification on a broad scale.

Today, FedEx is testing all-electric pickup and delivery vehicles in the U.S. and Europe. Early results indicate that operational and maintenance costs could be 70 to 80 percent lower than those costs for internal combustion engines.

View a video that highlights more of my thoughts about the future of electric vehicles.