Wrightspeed Secures Order from FedEx for 25 Hybrid Powertrains

Founded by early participant in the launch of Tesla Motors, Ian Wright turned his attention to more mundane application of electric drive technology in the form of delivery and garbage trucks.

Published: 02-Oct-2014

Ten years ago, Ian Wright was trying to electrify the sports car with a startup he helped create — Tesla Motors.

Now the entrepreneur has set his sights on delivery vehicles and garbage trucks.

Wrightspeed, Wright’s company in San Jose, builds a kind of advanced hybrid powertrain for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. And the business has just landed its biggest deal to date: an order of 25 powertrains from global delivery giant FedEx. The company has already tried out Wrightspeed’s technology in two of its trucks and liked it enough to commission more.

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