Chanje, a California based commercial electric vehicle and energy solutions company, is poised to enter the medium-duty vehicle segment, providing commercial all electric vehicle transportation options.
Chanje will introduce a commercial all-electric truck available at mass scale in the US market, a first for the industry. This initial medium-duty vehicle already has volume orders and will be delivered later this year. It is the only one of its kind designed from the ground up as an EV and purpose-built to be a long-life truck.
Bryan Hansel, CEO of Chanje, also announced executive team additions with impressive pedigrees from within the automotive and clean energy industries: Ian Gardner, President - previously The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Duke Energy, Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator and others; Joerg Sommer, Chief Operating Officer - previously SVP at Volkswagen, Daimler, Renault and others; James Chen, VP and General Counsel - previously VP at Tesla, two of Washington, D.C.'s top law firms, the U.S. EPA and others; Jeff Robinson, VP of Manufacturing - previously Tesla, Ford, Mazda, General Motors and others and Suresh Jayanthi, VP of Energy Services - previously Schneider Electric and others.
"The future of transportation is zero-emission, we expect commercial electric vehicles to become the norm soon," Hansel said. "There is a tremendous opportunity for Chanje because no one else in the marketplace can meet a fleet customer's demand for delivery of large numbers of high quality, commercial electric vehicles."
Chanje is currently undergoing a site selection process for an assembly facility in the United States. The Chanje search includes multiple states near port facilities west of the Mississippi.
"We have an opportunity to meaningfully overhaul the last mile industry and completely revolutionize how that facet of transportation impacts the environment," said Hansel. "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."
The first model is a commercial panel van with an increased payload and cargo capacity, equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds.
Based on a single platform, global vehicle strategy, Chanje will subsequently introduce a full range of electric models including larger trucks and shuttle buses in a variety of lengths and capacities, all aimed at the urban vehicle segment.
The Chanje team is partnering with industry leaders in autonomous driving technology to implement the company's autonomous strategy. Chanje has created intelligent connected vehicles with apps and touch screens to create a cleaner and more inviting interior experience.
Chanje is improving smart trucking by reporting real-time data to help organizations with route optimization, emissions calculation, energy consumption optimization, driver profile studies and reporting of service needs and will also make ongoing vehicle enhancements via remote software updates.
For more see Last Mile Electric Vehicles 2018-2028
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