Ryder System, Inc., announced it has started to take delivery of 125 medium-duty electric panel vans, now available for lease or rent. The vehicle order follows an exclusive sales channel and electric vehicle (EV) service partnership that Ryder recently announced with Chanje Energy in August and consists of Chanje’s medium-duty electric vehicle.

Chanje is a Los Angeles, Calif. based, privately held electric vehicle and energy solutions manufacturer that specializes in the last mile industry.

The Chanje all-electric large delivery style van is equipped to haul up to 6000 pounds and up to 580 cubic feet of cargo. Ryder also plans to equip its maintenance facilities in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Jose, Calif. markets, as well as in the Chicago and New York markets, with the latest technology in commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging.

“The roll out of our new electric vehicle offering reinforces Ryder’s leadership in commercial advanced vehicle technology solutions and demonstrates our commitment to identifying innovative ways to meet our customers’ transportation needs,” said Dennis Cooke, President, Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. “We are proud to partner with Chanje to bring an all-electric medium-duty vehicle to market, as this will further promote energy efficiency in the industry by allowing our rental and lease customers to implement electric vehicles into their operations on a short-term or long-term basis.”

The Chanje all-electric large delivery style vans will become available for Ryder ChoiceLease and rental customers in most of the above markets by the end of 2017. The initial 125 EVs will be maintained at Ryder’s maintenance facilities within the California, New York, and Illinois markets where EV charging stations are being installed.

Ryder is also leveraging Chanje’s energy services solutions business and is equipping key Ryder locations with charging stations from eMotorWerks, Chanje’s recently announced partner. eMotorWerks, an Enel Group company, is providing JuiceBox Pro 40 level 2 charging stations for installation at this first wave of Ryder EV maintenance facilities. These smart charging stations connect with a customized cloud-based JuiceNet control platform to intelligently manage EV charging, including remote access control, automatic energy management to avoid peak pricing, smart algorithms to maximize charging with available renewable energy from the grid, and electricity usage tracking, the company said.

Ryder is the exclusive distribution and service provider for Chanje’s medium-duty EV fleet for which the company is offering preventive maintenance solutions as part of Ryder’s SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio. Chanje vehicles are built as electric platforms from the ground up, enabling them to be produced at scale and positioning them for metro/city delivery applications. Chanje said it will eventually introduce a range of EVs including trucks, delivery vans, and shuttle buses in a variety of lengths and capacities.

“Ryder’s order of 125 Chanje electric trucks is significant because it demonstrates their commitment to all-electric commercial mobility and their role as our sales channel and service partner,” said Bryan Hansel, founder & CEO of Chanje. “There is a pent-up customer demand for commercial electric vehicles, which makes today’s delivery of Chanje electric truck to Ryder a significant milestone.”

For more information see: www.chanje.us

Source: NPP