Ryder System has announced that it will become the exclusive sales channel partner and service provider for Chanje, a new California based medium-duty electric vehicle (EV) and energy services company.
As part of their future technology strategy, Ryder has placed its initial order of Chanje vehicles, the first of which will be distributed to Ryder locations in strategic US markets and be available for ChoiceLease customers in the coming weeks. Additionally, a portion of the new vehicles will be added to Ryder’s commercial rental fleet so that customers will have the opportunity to experience Chanje’s advanced vehicle technology on a short-term basis.
Chanje is the first company in North America to offer large scale fleets of electric medium-duty trucks. Chanje’s electric vehicles offer class-leading payload and cargo capacity, as well as zero exhaust emissions. Ryder will also offer a combination of comprehensive and preventive maintenance solutions as part of Ryder’s SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio.
“We believe electric vehicles will play a major role in the future of commercial transportation and we are proud to partner with Chanje to bring an all-electric medium duty vehicle to market,” said Dennis Cooke, President, Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder.
“As we bring commercial electric mobility to American fleets at a meaningful scale for the first time in history, we need the right partner who can provide the breadth and expertise required to accelerate the entry of these vehicles into the market,” said Bryan Hansel, founder & CEO of Chanje.
Chanje’s first vehicle will be an all-electric large delivery style van, a medium-duty truck equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds and up to 580 cubic feet of cargo, all with zero tailpipe emissions. Chanje vehicles are designed to be electric from the ground up, making them inherently more efficient than retrofit electric vehicles. Ryder will work with Chanje to develop charging infrastructure for the vehicles, with a focus on using renewable energy.
Chanje’s last-mile electric vehicles fit best where they are needed the most – in highly populated urban areas where pollution and noise are a mounting concern. Replacing a diesel truck with an electric vehicle will save as much CO2 emissions as 20 acres of US forest would absorb in one year.
Chanje has a partnership with Hong Kong-based FDG Group — a fully integrated electric vehicle OEM. FDG operates a 3.8+ million sq ft, state-of-the-art-manufacturing facility in Hangzhou, China, where Chanje’s vehicles are currently being produced. Chanje is currently in the process of selecting a site for an assembly facility in the US, which it has said will be somewhere near port facilities west of the Mississippi. It is aiming to start US production from 2018.