Blue Arc EV Solutions is a new brand of The Shyft Group, which manufactures and upfits vehicles for the commercial, retail and service specialty markets. Blue Arc made its debut in March with a purpose-built commercial EV chassis; an electric Class 3 walk-in delivery van; and a portable, remote-controlled charging station called the Power Cube.
Now Shyft has announced the first pre-order for its electric Class 3, 4 and 5 walk-in delivery vans, from Randy Marion Automotive Group, a large dealer group in the Carolinas.
Following receipt of government approvals by this winter, Shyft expects to finalize a multi-year purchase order with Randy Marion, begin production in the Midwest, and start deliveries in mid-2023. Fleet customers will be able to pre-order online or at the dealerships starting in September.
The Blue Arc EV portfolio is available in Class 3-5 walk-in van configurations with body length options from 12 to 22 feet. The electric vans are designed for high-frequency, last-mile delivery fleets, and offer a choice of vocational packages. Range is 150 miles at 50% payload. Optional extended-range packs are available. The delivery van also features an integrated solar roof package for powering auxiliary systems such as heating and AC.
“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,” said Shyft CEO Daryl Adams. “We’ve validated that our range will meet our customers’ expectations.”
“Our long history working with Shyft through its Utilimaster brand and the overwhelmingly positive response to the Blue Arc Class 3 all-electric delivery van give us great confidence in the entire Blue Arc line-up,” 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.”
Source: The Shyft Group