Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation and supply chain solutions, announced that the company will become the exclusive sales channel partner and service provider for Chanje, a new California based medium-duty electric vehicle (EV) and energy services company.
As part of their future technology strategy, Ryder has placed its initial order of Chanje vehicles, the first of which will be distributed to Ryder locations in strategic U.S. markets and be available for ChoiceLease customers in the coming weeks. Additionally, a portion of the new vehicles will be added to Ryder’s commercial rental fleet so customers will have the opportunity to experience Chanje’s advanced vehicle technology on a short-term basis.
Chanje is the first company in North America to offer large-scale fleets of electric medium-duty trucks. Chanje’s EVs offer class-leading payload and cargo capacity, as well as zero exhaust emissions. Ryder will also offer a combination of comprehensive and preventive maintenance solutions as part of Ryder’s SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio.
“We believe electric vehicles will play a major role in the future of commercial transportation, and we are proud to partner with Chanje to bring an all-electric medium-duty vehicle to market,” said Dennis Cooke, President, Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. “Through our strategic partnership, Ryder and Chanje will collaborate to promote energy efficiency and innovation in the industry. Chanje offers an innovative product that will help reshape the industry by making commercial electric vehicles more affordable, reliable and accessible.”
Ryder strengthens its leadership in advanced vehicle technology, expanding upon the company’s ability to provide customers with the most flexibility, choice and control in fleet management, as well as innovative solutions to help them reach their sustainability goals. The relationship with Ryder provides Chanje with an established nationwide network for maintenance. Through Ryder SelectCare maintenance, Chanje will be able to maximize vehicle uptime, lower costs and keep their customers’ businesses moving.
“As we bring commercial electric mobility to American fleets at a meaningful scale for the first time in history, we need the right partner who can provide the breadth and expertise required to accelerate the entry of these vehicles into the market,” said Bryan Hansel, Founder and CEO of Chanje. “Ryder’s mission to provide flexible fleet management solutions and make commercial transportation more efficient directly aligns with our vision. We know Chanje can rely on Ryder to meet the unique service requirements of electric vehicles, as Ryder’s expertise and reach in terms of commercial vehicle solutions is ideal for the rapid adoption of electric trucks.”
Chanje’s first vehicle will be an all-electric large delivery-style van, a medium-duty truck equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds and up to 580 cubic feet of cargo—all with zero tailpipe emissions. Chanje vehicles are designed to be electric from the ground up, making them inherently more efficient than retrofit electric vehicles. Ryder will work with Chanje to develop charging infrastructure for the vehicles, with a focus on using renewable energy.
Chanje’s last-mile EVs fit best where they are needed the most—in highly populated urban areas where pollution and noise are a mounting concern. Replacing a diesel truck with an EV will save as much carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as 20 acres of U.S. forest would absorb in one year.