Blue Arc EV Solutions, the go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group, made its debut in March with its commercial grade purpose-built electric vehicle chassis; an all-electric Class 3 delivery medium-duty walk-in van designed from the ground up; and a portable, remote-controlled charging station, the Power Cube.
The first pre-order for its all-electric medium-duty Class 3, 4, and 5 walk-in delivery vans is from Randy Marion Automotive Group, one of the largest dealer groups in the Carolinas, for 2,000 Blue Arc vans.
With Shyft’s existing coast-to-coast manufacturing and service infrastructure, it said it is primed to deliver EV solutions at scale. Following receipt of government approvals by this winter, Shyft expects to finalize a multi-year purchase order with Randy Marion for the pre-ordered walk-in vans, begin production in the Midwest and start delivery to Randy Marion in mid-2023.
“I am extremely proud of the work the Shyft team has done positioning Blue Arc EV Solutions to meet customer needs,” said Shyft CEO Daryl Adams in a news release. “From the beginning just 14 short months ago, we’ve been confident in our EV commercial vehicle design because we have served last-mile delivery customers for nearly 50 years. We’ve hit all of our critical development milestones and most recently we’ve validated that our range will meet our customers’ expectations and this shows not only do we know what they need, we are delivering it.”
Fleet customers will be able to pre-order online or at the dealerships starting in September.
“Our long history working with Shyft through its Utilimaster brand and the overwhelmingly positive response to the Blue Arc Class 3 all-electric delivery walk-in van give us great confidence in the entire Blue Arc line-up, the Class 3 and 4, as well as the Class 5 that is in development now,” said Brad Sigmon, VP of Sales at Randy Marion Automotive Group. “The commercial grade features from Shyft, engineered with first-hand knowledge of last mile delivery, are a true differentiator versus the other EV options.”
Leveraging a scalable design, the full Blue Arc EV portfolio is available in medium-duty Class 3-5 walk-in van configurations with body length options from 12 to 22 feet. Designed for high-frequency, last-mile delivery fleets, these vehicles are powered by lithium-ion battery packs that can deliver 150-mile range at 50% payload in parcel mode with optional extended range packs available. In addition, multiple chassis wheelbase options at 178”, 190”, 208”, and 230” will support different applications.
Designed using insights from Shyft’s Work-Driven Design process, these electric vans feature a spacious cargo area and offer a choice of vocational packages specifically designed for functionality. The use of lightweight aluminum and composite body design provide higher durability against scratches and dents while supporting modular repair. The delivery van also features an integrated solar roof package for power of auxiliary systems like heating and air conditioning, which make it a viable option for extreme weather locations.
Blue Arc integrates vehicle and driver safety technology such as 360-degree cameras, large in-dash HD camera displays, and proximity sensors, as well as keyless and automated entry. The delivery van is easy to drive and offers ease of entry/exit for last-mile deliveries with multi-stop routes.
“It’s incredible, but not a surprise with our team, that one year ago we were just opening our new Innovation Center in Plymouth to work on our EV solutions, and now we are making that vision a reality for our customers with pre-orders for not only the Class 3 and 4, but also the Class 5 electric vehicle,” said Eric Fisher, senior vice president and general manager, Shyft Innovations. “I am very pleased to work with such an outstanding dealer group like Randy Marion. They know the market well and quickly saw our EV designs will deliver the speed, efficiency, and positive impact to our customers’ bottom line needed to make this a success for all.”
Shyft said it offers a portable, responsible approach to charging EV, medium-duty trucks.