42 FedEx locations in California will be equipped with DC fast chargers to handle 1,000 Chanje V8100 EVs.

FedEx, which last November announced an order of 1,000 Chanje V8100 for its operation in California, is now preparing a proper charging infrastructure.

The plan is to install DC fast chargers at 42 FedEx locations in the state. The project already started in January in partnership with Chanje Energy Inc. and is expected to be "one of the largest deployments of integrated charging infrastructure by a single commercial fleet to date".

FedEx opts for DC instead of AC, looking for higher power, higher efficiency as well as better management capabilities, although the company didn't reveal any technical data:

The DC charging system was designed specifically for FedEx. The innovative project will support daily charging for more than 1,000 electric vehicles, which were leased to FedEx. Notable features include:

  • Higher maximum power output than standard Level 2 chargers
  • Variable rate technology allowing FedEx to proactively adjust charging speed or shift energy usage away from peak hours to minimize electric utility bills
  • DC (direct current) charging hardware, which is 10% more efficient than AC (alternating current) charging
  • Software platform for remote monitoring and real-time charger controls

The EVs ordered by FedEx will be produced by FDG Electric Vehicles Limited in Hangzhou, China, starting later this year, and then delivered by Chanje Energy Inc. (FDG's subsidiary).

Deliveries will be performed on a rolling basis over the next year, while the Ryder System will provide maintenance and distribution support services.

Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer, FedEx Corp said:

“FedEx is thrilled to continue being a pioneering industry leader in the electric vehicle space.  The vehicles and DC charging infrastructure will not only help FedEx meet our operational efficiency and sustainability goals, but provide learning, scaling and experience to others in the vehicle electrification journey. We believe this will be a game-changer.”