The US-based truck rental and leasing firm Ryder Systems will be ordering 125 all-electric delivery vans from the Los Angeles–based startup Chanje.
Chanje is backed by the FDG Electric Vehicles (a China-based firm that sells electric delivery vans), and this is one of the first large orders for all-electric vans or trucks in the US — but is very likely a sign of things to come. (For those curious here, “Chanje” is supposed to be pronounced “change.”
“Ryder entered into a cooperative agreement with Chanje last August to be the exclusive distributor, leasing agent, and maintenance facility for Chanje trucks,” Steve Hanley writes on sister site CleanTechnica. “Most of the new trucks from Chanje will be available to customers who either want to “green” their business, or at least their business image, or enjoy the lower total operating costs of electric vehicles. But Ryder will also utilize some of them at its maintenance facilities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Jose as well as in Chicago and New York. Ryder is also the exclusive distributor for the range-extended delivery vans built by Workhorse, as I recently shared in another CleanTechnica article.”
Reuters provides more: “The Chanje delivery vehicle ordered by Ryder is a medium-duty truck equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) and up to 580 cubic feet (16 cubic meters) of cargo, with zero tailpipe emissions and a range of 100 miles (161 km). Chanje Chief Executive Officer Bryan Hansel said FDG has spent five years and $1 billion developing the vehicle and has annual production capacity of 100,000 units from its factory in China.
“Chris Nordh, Ryder’s director of advanced vehicle technology, said that by handling the charging infrastructure and servicing of leased Chanje vehicles, the Miami-based leasing firm will help acclimatize and familiarize customers with all-battery delivery trucks.”
“We’re acting as a springboard for Chanje to become widespread across the US very quickly,” were the exact comments from Nordh.
Also noteworthy is that Daimler recently revealed that United Parcel Service (UPS) would be the first commercial customer in the US to purchase one of the company’s new all-electric eCanter trucks. The sector certainly seems to now be heating up.