Shyft Group gets FedEx EV truck order

NOVI–Officials at Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHYF), the specialty vehicle manufacturer and upfitter, announced a purchase order with FedEx for an initial order of 150 Blue Arc EV trucks to be integrated into the FedEx pickup and delivery fleet in the United States.

FedEx tested the vehicle in real-life conditions, using it on last-mile delivery routes in Memphis. During the pilot, the Blue Arc truck operated extended eight to 10 hour routes under challenging conditions, including temperatures ranging from 95 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, marking a significant milestone in the vehicle’s readiness for widespread commercial use.

“As we work towards the phased electrification of our entire global pickup and delivery fleet by 2040, FedEx is eager to incorporate new and efficient electric vehicle models that meet the demands of our diverse network,” said Pat Donlon, vice president of global vehicles for FedEx Express. “We look forward to bringing the Blue Arc into our growing portfolio of electric vehicles in service around the world.”

Added Shyft President and CEO John Dunn: “Our collaboration with FedEx has been instrumental in refining our strategy for meeting commercial-grade EV fleet needs. Customer satisfaction is core to our operations and we look forward to seeing these vehicles on the road for FedEx, reflecting our mutual commitment to innovation and sustainability.”

The Blue Arc truck, designed for seamless fleet integration, proved reliable on long routes, efficient in energy use, and able to regenerate 20 to 30 kW of power through its regenerative braking system. Such features underscore the vehicle’s readiness for real-world commercial applications, with drivers highlighting its ease of maneuverability and overall comfort compared to conventional gas vehicles.

Shyft customers include first-to-last mile delivery companies across vocations, federal, state, and local government entities; the trades; and utility and infrastructure segments. The Shyft Group is organized into two core business units: Shyft Fleet Vehicles and Services and Shyft Specialty Vehicles. Today, its family of brands include Blue Arc EV Solutions, Utilimaster, Royal Truck Body, DuraMag and Magnum, Strobes-R-Us, Spartan RV Chassis, Red Diamond Aftermarket Solutions, and Builtmore Contract Manufacturing. Shyft employs approximately 3,000 people and contractors across campuses, and operates facilities in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico. The Company reported sales of $872 million in 2023. Learn more at www.TheShyftGroup.com .

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