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03 April 2012

FedEx Eco-drive: Reduce fuel consumption in 5 ways and save the world (w/ video)

With a fleet size of over 43,000 vehicles worldwide, FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, is on a mission to reduce its fuel consumption and environmental-impact by changing the daily driving habits of hundreds of FedEx drivers. The Eco-drive campaign was recently launched to improve fuel efficiency, beginning in the Asia-Pacific region.
Through the help of experts from Isuzu, Eco-drive teaches FedEx drivers how to drive more economically, which leads to cost savings, lower emissions, and a cleaner environment. The program also trains them on vehicle accident prevention leading to safer roads. The techniques learned from Eco-drive are not only for FedEx drivers and can be applied by anyone on the road. Make a difference, start Eco-drive today.
Here are FedEx's 5 ways for you to Eco-drive:
  1. Don't idle your engine while your car is stopped.
  2. Always accelerate gently.
  3. Maintain a constant speed.
  4. Ease-off the accelerator early before braking.
  5. Use air-conditioning sparingly. 
“The Eco-drive program demonstrates that it’s not just where and what FedEx team members are driving that can make a big difference in reducing fuel use, but also how they are driving,” said David L. Cunningham Jr., President of FedEx Express, Asia Pacific. “The Eco-drive program addresses the ‘how’ by offering practical tips that anyone can use in order to drive in an environmentally friendly way. Eco-drive is just one more example of our commitment to environmental sustainability and community programs in Asia Pacific.” 
Along with the Eco-drive program, FedEx's commitment to environmental sustainability includes shifting to more efficient vehicles through increased investment in all-electric and alternative drive train vehicles. This  year, FedEx is adding almost 4,000 vehicles that are at least 100% more fuel-efficient than the most commonly found alternatives they replace. By the end of May 2011, the company increased its all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicle fleet by 20 percent, with more than 400 vehicles in service across the globe. As a result, FedEx has made major progress in its commitment to improve fuel efficiency by 20% by the end of 20202. Since 2005, FedEx has reduced fuel consumption by 15.1%.