Ryder adds 125 electric vans to its fleet

The Chanje V8070 electric medium-duty truck is displayed, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in New York. Ryder, the national truck leasing and rental company, has ordered 125 Chanje vehicles for its fleet. The vehicle can carry a load of up to 6,000 pounds for a distance of about 100 miles on a single charge. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Ryder is adding 125 electric vans to its fleet from startup Chanje

DETROIT — Truck rental company Ryder Systems Inc. said Thursday it is adding 125 all-electric trucks to its fleet.

Ryder's order is one of the largest yet for all-electric trucks in the U.S., says David Alexander of the research firm Truck Technology Ltd.

The 26-foot vans are made by Chanje Energy Inc., a Los Angeles-based startup. They can haul up to 6,000 pounds and travel around 100 miles on a fully charged battery.

The first vans were delivered in New York Thursday. Ryder will start renting or leasing them to customers in California, Illinois and New York by the end of this year.

Pricing wasn't released, but Chanje says the vans' overall cost is comparable to diesels because they require less maintenance and no fuel. Customers will be able to charge the vehicles at Ryder facilities.

Here are more details on Chanje and electric trucks:

— CEO Bryan Hansel says Chanje has spent five years and $1 billion developing the van, which is built in China.

— Chanje is partners with FDG Group, a Hong Kong-based electric vehicle maker.

— Hansel says Chanje expects to sell "thousands" of vans next year, and plans to open a West Coast facility that would assemble vans for the U.S. market.

— The market for all-electric trucks is small but growing. Less than 10,000 will be sold globally this year, but sales could top 50,000 by 2025, says Navigant Research.

— Earlier this fall, UPS added three electric trucks made by Daimler to its U.S. fleet.

Related News

Waymo self-driving minivan will start test drives...

Jan 9, 2017

Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, will start testing its new fleet of minivans on public...

Second VW employee arrested over emissions scheme

Jan 10, 2017

The Volkswagen executive who once was in charge of complying with U.S. emissions regulations was...

Honda goes higher-tech with Odyssey. Try the...

Jan 9, 2017

A veteran player in the small but scrappy minivan segment is getting a major upgrade

Ford adding diesel engine, other features to F-150

Jan 10, 2017

For the first time, Ford is offering a diesel engine on its F-150 pickup

Renault F1 team rocked as Vasseur leaves before...

Jan 11, 2017

A few weeks away from proudly unveiling its new car for the 2017 Formula One season, French...

US gov't accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on...

Jan 13, 2017

The U.S. government is accusing Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose software in some of its...

Sign up now!

Action Swift is your fighting sports news site featuring boxing, fencing, martial arts, mixed martial arts and sumo. It’s time for some action!

Contact us: sales[at]actionswift.com