A new electric truck company comes out of stealth mode, promising delivery of medium-duty electric vehicles "at mass scale" this fall.
While consumer electric vehicles like the Tesla and the Bolt get a lot more press than commercial vehicles, the delivery and logistics sector that provides 'last-mile' transportation of goods and services in and around cities each day is a prime candidate for electrification. With an average urban delivery route (in the US) being just 70 miles a day, a range that's achievable with current battery and electric motor technology, medium-duty trucks could be a quicker, more scalable clean transportation solution than getting more consumer EVs on the road. Fleets of the classic panel vans and box trucks could be replaced by electric versions, which have the potential to not only save money, but to also reduce vehicle pollution in urban areas.
However, we're only starting to see the tip of the electric truck iceberg, even as other commercial vehicles (such as city buses) are moving toward electric drivetrains, and the announcement of even a single new forthcoming electric medium-duty truck is worthy of mention. One company taking aim at that market has just come out of stealth mode, with an announcement that its first vehicle, the V8070 electric panel van, will be going into production "at mass scale" to be available this fall.
"We have an opportunity to meaningfully overhaul the last mile industry and completely revolutionize how that facet of transportation impacts the environment. Medium duty electric trucks offer the biggest emissions saving potential of all vehicles because our products fit best where they are needed the most - in highly populated, dense urban centers where noise and air quality are a major concern." - Bryan Hansel, CEO of Chanje
According to Chanje, the V8070 was built "from the ground up" as a specific solution for the needs of the last mile sector, with a 6,000 lb (~2721 kg) payload capacity, 580 cubic feet of cargo space, and a 100-mile range per charge (~161 km), delivering an estimated 50 mpg(e) for an expected fuel cost savings for owners of about 70%. In addition, the transition to an electric drivetrain could result in 70% lower maintenance costs, due the fewer moving parts in an electric vehicle when compared with a gas- or diesel-powered one.
"The average route for a medium duty commercial truck is 65 miles. The V8070 is designed to accommodate that route with an estimated range of 100 miles with 3,000 lbs. of payload on a single charge." - Chanje
One relevant aspect of the company's clean transportation efforts, knowing that electric vehicles aren't inherently 'better' for the environment, but depend on clean energy to charge them, is that Chanje has also announced that it will be providing "renewable energy and charging capabilities as a turnkey service" to large fleet customers in the form of a microgrid depot solution that includes energy generation, energy storage, grid services, and charging availability.
The company is a privately-held US corporation, but has a co-founding partner that brings with it both technology and investment, the Hong Kong-based FDG Electric Vehicles Limited, which helped co-created the vehicle. Chanje is aiming for a "single platform" strategy, and is planning to introduce a full range of electric models -- including larger trucks and buses -- based on it, all of which are aimed at the urban last mile and delivery vehicle segment. The company is said to be currently looking at US assembly sites. Learn more at the company website.