Ryder Adds Electric Trucks for Rent or Lease

Ryder Adds Electric Trucks for Rent or Lease”

Although much of the focus for e-mobility news is on consumer electric vehicles, which would help reduce emissions in the light-duty vehicles category, commercial transport is another huge industry altogether, and one that is responsible for some 23% of the U.S. transportation sector's greenhouse gas emissions.

Ryder announced in August it would become the exclusive US sales and lease partner for Chanje, pronounced "change".

Automobile renter company Ryder has ordered 125 electric vans from Chanje, a Californian startup built on industry.

The all-electric delivery vans will be available to numerous cities in California, New York, and Illinois, Ryder says. Customers will be able to charge the vehicles at Ryder facilities.

As delivery vans or trucks tend to run on short, predictable routes, especially in urban environments, vehicle makers see them as a prime target for electrification.

As part of that commitment to the future of cleaner transportation, Ryder itself is taking delivery of an initial order of 125 of Chanje's electric delivery vans, which will be offered to both ChoiceLease and rental customers in select U.S. markets in California, New York, and IL.

The van, sold by Chanje Energy, is equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds and up to 580 cubic feet of cargo with zero vehicle exhaust emissions. Ryder says it's now working to install charging stations at maintenance facilities located in the cities where the vehicle will first be available. These smart charging stations connect with a customized cloud-based JuiceNet control platform to intelligently manage EV charging, including remote access control, automatic energy management to avoid peak pricing, smart algorithms to maximize charging with available renewable energy from the grid, and electricity usage tracking. Verge reports the vehicles will have a 70kWh battery, allowing it a range of about 100 miles.

The cost to rent the vehicle isn't immediately known. "There is a pent-up customer demand for commercial electric vehicles, which makes today's delivery of Chanje electric truck to Ryder a significant milestone". These initial 125 EVs will be maintained at Ryder's state-of-the-art maintenance facilities within the California, New York, and IL markets where EV charging stations are being installed.

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