Photo: FedEx
FedEx Express Workhorse-Plug Power hydrogen fuel cell electric delivery van

FedEx Express' first fuel cell-powered electric van rolling in Upstate NY

May 2, 2018
FedEx Express has deployed its first fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) delivery van for on-road use in North America.

Hydrogen fuel cell maker Plug Power and electric commercial vehicle manufacturer Workhorse Group delivered FedEx Express its first fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) delivery van for on-road use.

Workhorse built the Class 5 zero-emission EGEN delivery van, which is charged by Plug Power's ProGen hydrogen engine. The vehicle is now in service at the FedEx facility in Menands, NY just north of Albany and has been deployed on a standard FedEx delivery route. It's one of the first of its kind to operate in a standard commercial environment, the companies noted.

And the new FCEV has already proven itself: it's covered more than 3,000 on-road miles in initial tests and is expected to run more than 27,000 miles in the first six months on its routes. The vehicle refuels using a Plug Power hydrogen fuel station in Latham, NY — the first such station in New York's capital region and one of the first on the East Coast for on-road vehicles, according to the company. 

Workhorse claims its EGEN delivery trucks meet the needs and expectations of daily delivery duty cycles but deliver lower fuel and operational costs, resulting in "dramatically reduced" total cost of ownership over the vehicle's lifetime vs. standard internal combustion engine vehicles. The addition of Plug Power's ProGen fuel cell gives the truck a range of more than 160 miles per delivery cycle, a 166% increase over standard battery power alone.

"The Workhorse EGEN zero-emission delivery vehicle has reinvented package delivery," said Steve Burns, the company's CEO. "With the capability of charging en route via the onboard ProGen hydrogen engine, range anxiety is virtually eliminated."

The Workhorse-Plug Power FCEV delivery van has been fueling and operating through a range of weather, the two companies said, including rain, snow and cold temperatures. That's a critical point, since weather-related conditions and temperatures can greatly affect the performance of typical electric vehicles.

"FedEx is committed to investing in safer and more sustainable transportation solutions in its global network," said Mitch Jackson, chief sustainability officer at FedEx Corp. "As part of our 'Reduce, Replace, Revolutionize' vehicle strategy, this is one way we're working to revolutionize transportation while making our communities more livable." 

"This collaboration with Workhorse and FedEx is the beginning of a hydrogen transformation in the delivery van industry," contended Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh. In addition to the FedEx FCEV delivery van, Plug Power has deployed some 20,000 fuel cells.

About the Author

Fleet Owner Staff

Our Editorial Team

Kevin Jones, Editorial Director, Commercial Vehicle Group

Cristina Commendatore, Executive Editor

Scott Achelpohl, Managing Editor 

Josh Fisher, Senior Editor

Catharine Conway, Digital Editor

Eric Van Egeren, Art Director

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Leveraging telematics to get the most from insurance

Fleet owners are quickly adopting telematics as part of their risk mitigation strategy. Here’s why.

Reliable EV Charging Solution for Last-Mile Delivery Fleets

Selecting the right EV charging infrastructure and the right partner to best solve your needs are critical. Learn which solution PepsiCo is choosing to power their fleet and help...

Overcoming Common Roadblocks Associated with Fleet Electrification at Scale

Fleets in the United States, are increasingly transitioning from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. While this shift presents challenges, there are strategies...

Report: The 2024 State of Heavy-Duty Repair

From capitalizing on the latest revenue trends to implementing strategic financial planning—this report serves as a roadmap for navigating the challenges and opportunities of ...