I was given a link to this video from someone at FedEx while I was researching an article for Charged EV's Magazine about electric vehicles in commercial truck fleets. The article went over a set of presentations from FedEx, PG & E and Dow Kokam concerning electric trucks in commercial fleets.
Basically speaking the commercial fleet operators are better able to gain value from the savings that come from electric vehicles being cheaper to operate. The FedEx portion of the presentation had info showing that while there is a price premium paid for an electric truck, the operational cost savings can pay for that premium if the price of gasoline is high enough. At current costs they're saying it requires $9-10/gallon diesel for operational cost savings to pay for the truck, but foresee a drop in prices over the coming years so that electric trucks will directly pay for themselves solely from operational cost savings. The article is in the current issue of Charged EV's magazine.
In any case, the FedEx presentation also contained a section giving an interesting line of reasoning about why FedEx is so set on electric delivery trucks that they've experimented with them for 20 years.
The reasons they gave were focused on National Energy Security, but touched on issues that I call "Peak Oil" without directly referring to that phenomenon. I managed to contact a policy analyst at FedEx who sent me a link to this video that goes over the same material.
This is Fred Smith, the CEO/Chairman/whatever of FedEx, talking about some history of oil conflicts and the national security implications of being wholly dependent on foreign oil sources.
FedEx CEO Fred Smith discusses foreign oil dependence significant threat to national and economic security at the National Clean Energy Summit, stating, "The United States oil dependence on imported petroleum -- after weapons of mass destruction and terrorism -- is our greatest single national risk." After emphasizing the economic, military, geopolitical and industry issues, he shares policy recommendations.