A lot of people I know are waiting to see when driving electric vehicles becomes practical. With virtually all inventions, some want to be the “first on their block” to get it, and some wait until it’s “proven.” When it comes to the thin screen TVs, the transition may give us better entertainment pleasure, but it doesn’t affect our ability to live sustainably.
I’ve had an electric car for about five years now. It’s fun to drive and far less expensive to drive and to maintain. Now, when I see a for-profit enterprise such as FedEx begin a mass effort to convert their delivery fleet to electric vans, due to the significant cost savings, I think the “wait and see” people can now rest assured that electric vehicles are more than a short-term fad. They’re the future of driving.
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November 25, 2018
Last week FedEx announced that it would add electric V8100 model Chinese-built delivery vans from LA-based startup Chanje. Ten percent of the vans would be outright purchases, while the remaining 900 vans will be leased through Chanje-partner Ryder System Inc.
The electric vans are capable of hauling up to 675 cubic feet and up to 6000 pounds of goods with battery electric range stated at 150 miles. Chanje says most domestic delivery routes average about 65 miles in total, making it possible for their vans to run two days of routes without a charge.
The benefits to FedEx launching an EV fleet are certainly many, not least among them being an image thing. The company already employs a few hydrogen fuel cell delivery vehicles from Workhorse Group, and this expansion of their ZEV fleet will surely greenwash the shipping giant.
Additionally, the company cites decreases in maintenance and fuel costs as monetary benefits to the Chanje vans over conventional internal combustion vans. There is also the added benefit of the vans being much quieter. Getting 1000 noisy and noxious diesel parcel wagons off the road is surely good for the environment in terms of noise pollution as well as traditional.
The FedEx Chanje vans, manufactured by FDG Electric Vehicles Ltd—Chanje’s primary investor—in Hangzhou, China, will be used for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery in California.
1000 electric vans seems like a lot, but when you consider that FedEx employs more than 60,000 motorized vehicles to move more than 8 million packages per day, the move seems like a small drop in the bucket. For a big company like FedEx, it’s a tiny investment. For a startup like Chanje, it could be the cash injection boost they need to expand their footprint in the world of package (and human) mobility.
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When we decided to go electric, we had a paid-for gas car that was also fun to drive. Why get rid of it? We now use our gas car only once or twice a month, for long-distance trips. We use the e-car daily, for everything else. My recommendation:
If you have two cars and are ready to
trade one in, make the new one electric.
You’ll still have your “tried and true” gas car, and can more comfortably transition to e-car driving. Nothing to lose and a lot of financial savings to gain.
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“D”, the entity my wife channels, recently asked me to help Gaia … which seems like an odd request. Gaia – aka Mother Earth – is evidently hurting, with all the polluting and drilling being done. I was asked to simply take a few moments now and then and express gratitude to Gaia for some aspect of my experience on Earth that has been joyful to me. I’ve recalled a spectacular sunset, a vista of a valley, a beautiful trail, a lake on which I canoed. I just sat for a moment with my recollection of that experience.
Each expression of gratitude took anywhere from two or three minutes to five or ten minutes. I’ve done it alone, but I could do it with someone else.
The key is to simply have a genuine expression of appreciation, of gratitude, for some aspect of Earth that’s enhanced our life. While I’m neither clairvoyant nor clairaudient, expressing gratitude evidently makes a big difference for Gaia … and for our future ability to sustain our lives on Earth.
I’d be grateful if you could help, now and then, in this regard. While we can’t immediately measure, in 3-D terms, the change it’ll produce, it’ll evidently help the vitality and ability of Gaia to help us sustain our life on this glorious planet.