FedEx adds diesel hybrids to European fleet

Diesel-electric hybrid vans are added to Italy route as part of companywide goal of becoming more fuel-efficient.

FedEx's diesel-electric hybrid van. FedEx

FedEx Europe subsidiary FedEx Express plans to add 10 diesel-electric hybrid vans to its fleet, the company announced Monday.

The vehicles, made by Fiat Group company Iveco, will be used in routes around Turin, Italy, where the company has a manufacturing plant.

"FedEx is making smart strategic investments in projects that will help drive the commercial development of new technologies for industry. We expect these hybrid-electric vehicles to perform with increased fuel efficiency and decreased emissions, making them ideal for city and urban environments," Robert W. Elliott, president of FedEx Express, said in a statement.

A sample van and the hardware used to make the diesel-electric hybrid possible will be on display at the European Road Transport Show in Amsterdam October 25 through November 3.

FedEx already has 95 hybrid-electric vehicles worldwide that have traveled more than 1 million miles, according to a company statement. The vehicles are operated in the United States, Canada and Japan. Italy's addition brings the hybrid fleet to more than 100.

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