The Future Vehicle Project will invite proposals in early 2001 for an environmentally progressive truck that would reduce emissions by 90% and increase fuel efficiency by 50%.
The Alliance-FedEx project will be conducted in four phases using an aggressive timeline designed to push development of vehicles in advance of regulatory requirements. The first phase is the development of a performance specification for a new truck, followed by a second phase involving development and testing of one or more prototypes.
After prototype analysis, several pre-production trucks will be produced and tested in the third phase. Finally, FedEx aims to begin purchasing full-production level vehicles that meet the project's environmental and business targets.