Chanje, a California based commercial electric vehicle and energy solutions company, is poised to bring meaningful advancements to the medium-duty vehicle segment, providing commercial all electric vehicle transportation options at a previously unavailable scale and price.
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
— 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 US which will create both high-quality long-life electric vehicles at scale and American clean transportation jobs. 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 revolutionise 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, that is unrivaled in the industry. The average urban delivery route in the US is 70 miles a day, making last mile delivery a perfect market for electric mobility.
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.
In the coming weeks, Chanje will announce a major US service, parts and distribution partnership that will provide an unparalleled foothold in the domestic market.