State of the Market
The electric vehicle (EV) market is more exciting than ever, and with recent introductions of new all-electric models with impressive range, people are really starting to take notice. Not surprisingly, we mostly hear about commuter vehicles and not, the less glamorous, medium/heavy duty fleet vehicles. Commuter (light duty) EVs can replace some fleet vehicles but aren’t practical for many duties because of limited range and cargo load. This means that there is an opportunity for companies to introduce all-electric medium-duty vehicles and disrupt the segment currently dominated by gas and diesel vehicles.
Through the support of government-backed grants, incentives, and regulations, electric vehicle technology for medium and heavy-duty fleets has become a reality. When you combine this with the pressure to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, many major companies, both private and public, are actively looking to test the possibility of integrating EVs into their fleets.
Despite the challenges related to operating conditions and duty cycle suitability, there are hybrid and electric vehicles that make economic and operational sense for a variety of fleets. Organizations and fleet managers need to match the technology with the most appropriate application so a duty cycle will be completed as efficiently as possible. A good way to do this is by gathering actionable data on your fleet vehicles. By having a better understanding of your fleet, you can make better decisions on how and where to add EVs. For this post, we are taking a closer look at Chanje, and the recent announcement of their V8070 fully electric medium-duty delivery truck.
Chanje Electric Truck Overview
Chanje is an EV and energy solutions company that is based in California. On Thursday, August 10th, 2017 they announced that they will introduce an all-electric truck to the commercial U.S. market with orders being delivered before the end of this year.
According to chanje.us, Chanje vehicles are designed to be all-electric from the ground-up and developed to meet global quality and durability standards. Chanje reports that their customers may see up to 70% lower maintenance costs and 70% savings in fuel costs versus a diesel equivalent. With 580 cu ft of cargo space and up to 6,000 lb payload, the V8070 has the capacity to meet the needs of a variety of daily delivery workflows.
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Ideal for large urban areas, Chanje vehicles have demonstrated greater than 50 MPGe fuel economy in city and highway driving when tested by independent third-parties. MPGe or “miles per gallon equivalent” represents the average miles traveled per unit of energy consumed when compared to 1 gallon of fuel. The average route for a medium duty commercial truck is 65 miles. The V8070 is designed to accommodate that route with an estimated range of 100 miles with 1,000’s of pounds of payload on a single charge. Additionally, since this is an all-electric vehicle, it is virtually silent when running and therefore also contributes to a reduction in noise pollution. View the Chanje V807 spec overview document for more details.
Preparing for Adoption of Electric Vehicles into Your Fleet
Before starting to replace fleet vehicles with electric or hybrid options, the best thing is to run an Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment (EVSA). While electric vehicles represent an opportunity for significant cost savings, it can be difficult to identify which vehicles will provide the greatest return. Our EV Suitability Assessment solves this dilemma, based on your specific vehicle data. We’re able to determine the best-fit EVs for your particular duty cycles, accurately predicting the total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the vehicle. Basically, we can help put the right vehicles for the right applications in your fleet portfolio.
As EVs are embraced at a growing rate, the price of the technology is falling, and more companies are trying to take advantage of this changing market. Introducing electric vehicles into your fleet means that you will save on fuel costs, comply with emission regulations, and reduce your fleets carbon footprint. With new all-electric vehicle options on the market and much more on the horizon, it’s time to seriously start looking at adopting light duty, medium duty, and even heavy-duty EVs into your fleet. Finally, with the help of our EVSA, you will understand which vehicles are best for your fleet.