More Chanjes For Ryder

Ryder System, Inc. announced that it has reserved 500 new Chanje Energy medium-duty electric panel vans, expanding its North American electric commercial truck rental and ChoiceLease fleet.

The reservation will be executed as lease agreements for the Chanje electric vehicles (EVs). Ryder is the exclusive sales channel and service partner for Chanje and its medium-duty EV fleet for which Ryder is offering truck leasing and preventive maintenance solutions as part of Ryder’s ChoiceLease and SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio.

Chanje is a Los Angeles-based, privately-held electric vehicle and energy solutions company that specializes in the last mile industry.

 “Ryder continues to see broadening interest in EVs from businesses of various sizes and industries, and especially from those companies in the parcel, final mile, or beverage delivery space. Additionally, there’s interest from customers who have daily return to base routes of 40 to 100 miles and in markets with incentives available for electric vehicles,” said Dennis Cooke, president, Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. “We’re proud to expand our relationship with Chanje and expect additional business announcements based on our sales pipeline.”

The Chanje V8100 is an all-electric delivery style van equipped to haul up to 6000 pounds and up to 675 cu. ft. of cargo, with a 150-mile range on a single charge. The van has a 194.3 in. wheelbase and a GVW of 16,535 lb.

The power system is an rear-wheel-drive configuration with liquid-cooled dual synchronous permanent magnet electric motors.  The battery capacity of the lithium iron phosphate batteries is 100 kWh.

Chanje also said the V8100 has a 13.2 kW onboard charger that supports Level 2 and DC fast charging of up to 80% charge in a little over an hour.

The van has a peak power of 198 hp, total peak torque of 764 Nm and a top speed of 81 mph with a maximum 30% gradeability.

Ryder said it has equipped several maintenance facilities across the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Jose, Calif. markets, as well as the Chicago and New York markets, to meet the service and charging requirements for commercial EVs.

Chanje introduced its first vehicle in 2017 and is the first company in North America able to deliver large scale fleets of commercial electric trucks immediately. Chanje will subsequently introduce turnkey energy infrastructure solutions and a full range of EVs including trucks, delivery vans, and shuttle buses in a variety of lengths and capacities.