Ryder System will become the exclusive sales channel partner and service provider for Chanje, a new California-based medium-duty electric vehicle and energy services company.
Ryder will take delivery of its first Chanje vehicles in the coming weeks. These units will be distributed to Ryder locations in strategic U.S. markets and be available for ChoiceLease customers. A portion of the order will be added to Ryder’s commercial rental fleet so that customers can experience Chanje’s advanced vehicle technology on a short-term basis.
Chanje announced last week that it was about to enter the U.S. electric Vehicle market with a Class 5 panel van says can be economically produced at a scale and price not previously possible.
“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 of global fleet management solutions for Ryder. “Through our strategic partnership, Ryder and Chanje will collaborate to promote energy efficiency and innovation in the industry. Chanje offers an innovative product that will help reshape the industry by making commercial electric vehicles more affordable, reliable, and accessible.”
Ryder will also offer a combination of comprehensive and preventive maintenance solutions as part of its SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio.
“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 and CEO of Chanje. “Ryder’s mission to provide flexible fleet management solutions and make commercial transportation more efficient directly aligns with our vision. 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.”
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, the company says. Ryder will work with Chanje to develop charging infrastructure for the vehicles, with a focus on using renewable energy.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet