Fleet management specialist Ryder System (NYSE: R) has started to take delivery of 125 medium-duty electric panel vans from California-based Chanje, which will be available for lease or rent to customers in California, New York, and Illinois markets by the end of 2017.
The Chanje delivery van is equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds and up to 580 cubic feet of cargo.
To support the new EVs, Ryder will equip its maintenance facilities with JuiceBox Pro 40 level 2 charging stations from eMotorWerks. These smart chargers use the cloud-based JuiceNet control platform to intelligently manage EV charging, including remote access control, automatic energy management to avoid peak pricing, and algorithms to maximize charging with renewable energy.
“The rollout of our new electric vehicle offering reinforces Ryder’s leadership in commercial vehicle technology solutions,” said Dennis Cooke, President, Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. “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.”
“There is a pent-up customer demand for commercial electric vehicles which makes today’s delivery of Chanje electric trucks to Ryder a significant milestone,” said Bryan Hansel, founder and CEO of Chanje.