A new company, Chanje, launched to introduce electric trucks and vans for commercial transportation powered by renewable energy. The company will first introduce the Chanje V8070, a mid-size truck, a vehicle that can travel 70 miles a day carrying up to 6,000 pounds, meeting the news of the so-called “last mile” in transportation. It said it already has orders that it will deliver later this year.
“The future of transportation is zero-emission, we expect commercial electric vehicles to become the norm soon,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO of Chanje. “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.”
The company said its vehicles will have 70 percent lower maintenance costs and deliver 70 percent savings in fuel costs compared to diesel vehicles and will deliver the fuel economy equivalent of greater than 50 miles per gallon. There have been other companies making electric or hybrid, solar-powered trucks but not for transportation or delivery purposes.
Chanje also will work with large fleet customers to provide renewable energy, energy storage and charging infrastructure as well. The company will offer renewable energy charging microgrids as a turnkey service.
“We have an opportunity to meaningfully overhaul the last mile industry and completely revolutionize how that facet of transportation impacts the environment,” Hansel said. “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 team behind Chanje includes President Ian Gardner, formerly of The Boston Consulting Group and Duke Energy. James Chen previously a vice president at Tesla will serve as VP and general counsel for Chanje. Jeff Robinson, who is serving as VP of manufacturing was previously at Tesla, as well as Ford, Mazda and General Motors. Joerg Sommer chief operating officer was previously SVP at Volkswagen, Daimler, Renault and others. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had previously discussed plans for creating a big rig-type vehicle for commercial transportation.
The company partnered with Hong Kong’s FDG Electric Vehicles, which made an initial $1 billion investment in Chanje, to leverage economies of scale found in Asian markets. The companies co-created the V8070. Now Chanje is undergoing a site selection process to develop an assembly facility in the US creating long-life electric vehicles at scale and American transportation jobs.
After introducing V8070, Chanje plans to introduce a full range of EVs including larger trucks and shuttle buses. In coming weeks it also plans to announce a US service, parts and distribution partnership.Tweet