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Ryder Backs Chanje, Its Third EV Partner

August 15, 2017 in Companies, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Initial Order Placed for New All-Battery Delivery Trucks:
‘An Innovative Product That Will Help Reshape the Industry’
With Initial Deployments in California in the Coming Weeks,
Following Earlier EV Partnerships with Workhorse & Nikola

Ryder System will be the exclusive sales channel partner and service provider for Chanje, the California-based medium-duty electric vehicle and energy services company which announced plans for a new line of all-battery trucks late last week. The first are to be deployed in California within 30 days.

Chanje publicized its new name and battery electric trucks late last week (F&F, August 11); Ryder said yesterday it’s placed an initial order for the company’s all-electric medium-duty trucks.

Chanje, with backing by Hong Kong-based FDG Electric Vehicles promises “a commercial all-electric truck available at mass scale in the U.S. market, a first for the industry” (F&F, August 11).

It’s at least the third commitment by Ryder to electric transportation, as the leasing giant previously announced partnerships with Nikola for hydrogen-fueled Class 8 trucks and with Workhorse for battery electric and extended-range vehicles.

Available ‘in the Coming Weeks’

“We believe electric vehicles will play a major role in the future of commercial transportation,” Ryder Global Fleet Management Solutions President Dennis Cooke says in yesterday’s announcement.

Ryder has been active in natural gas trucks for more than six years.

The all-electric Chanje V8070 cargo van has 580 cubic feet of payload space and is able to carry 6,000 pounds of goods.

Now, “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 U.S. markets and be available for ChoiceLease customers in the coming weeks,” Ryder said yesterday.

Ryder SelectCare Maintenance Too

“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.”

Scott Perry of Ryder System

“The vehicles are in production,” says Scott Perry, chief technology and procurement officer for Ryder’s Fleet management solutions segment. Initial deployments will be “at multiple points” in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento, he told F&F, with all of an initial purchase in place by year-end.

‘Actively Installing Charging’

“We are actively installing charging in our identified maintenance facilities,” he adds.

Ryder praised the Chanje truck – the initial model is the 6,000-pound payload V8070 with 580 cubic feet of cargo space – for “class-leading payload and cargo capacity, as well as zero exhaust emissions.” Ryder says it will offer maintenance too as part of its SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio.

“Through Ryder SelectCare maintenance, Chanje will be able to maximize vehicle uptime, lower costs, and keep their customers’ businesses moving,” Ryder says. Ryder’s maintenance are key to the Chanje gameplan, Perry says.

‘The Right Partner’

“We need the right partner who can provide the breadth and expertise required to accelerate the entry of these vehicles into the market,” Chanje founder and CEO Bryan Hansel says in the Ryder release. “Ryder’s mission to provide flexible fleet management solutions and make commercial transportation more efficient directly aligns with our vision.

Chanje claims a single-fill range of 100 miles for the all-electric V8070.

“We know Chanje can rely on Ryder to meet the unique service requirements of electric vehicles, as Ryder’s expertise and reach in terms of commercial vehicle solutions is ideal for the rapid adoption of electric trucks,” Hansel said.

‘Affordable, Reliable, and Accessible’

“Through our strategic partnership, Ryder and Chanje will collaborate to promote energy efficiency and innovation in the industry,” said Ryder fleet president Cooke. “Chanje offers an innovative product that will help reshape the industry by making commercial electric vehicles more affordable, reliable, and accessible.”

Hydrogen-fueled ‘Nikola One’ in Ryder System livery

Ryder announced a partnership with Nikola when Utah company detailed its plans for the zero-emission hydrogen-fueled Class 8 Nikola One truck and fueling network in Salt Lake City late last year (F&F, December 2). Volume production is expected to commence in 2020, Perry says.

Ryder announced a partnership with Workhorse three months ago at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, May 6). Ryder customers will initially receive Workhorse step vans, says Perry, who expects the “real scale-up” to be for the Ohio company’s new W-15 PHEV/hybrid electric vehicle pickup truck.

Ryder announced its $20 million program for natural gas vehicles at ACT Expo in Southern California in May 2011. The company hit the 30 million natural gas miles mark at the end of 2014 (F&F, January 29, 2015), and has now logged more than 150 million miles of NGV operation. Ryder has 22 NGV maintenance facilities, and more than 6,200 NGV trained maintenance and support personnel across its North American service network.

Where it all began: Gladstein, Neandross and Associates CEO Erik Neandross, California Energy Commission alternative fuel and vehicle technology program manager Peter Ward, Ryder System group director of vehicle supply management Scott Perry, U.S. Department of Energy-Clean Cities national director Dennis Smith, Sanbag VP and Southern California Association of Governments president Larry McCallon, and Ryder sales VP Alex Madrinkian cut the big ribbon as Ryder gets ready to rent natural gas-fueled trucks in Rancho Dominguez, Calif. on May 4, 2011.

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