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Chanje unveils commercial all-electric truck

Competition in the electric truck market continues to grow as California-based energy solutions company, Chanje, has announced it will launch its commercial all-electric truck (EV) – the Chanje V8070 – in the last quarter of 2017 to the US market.

The first Chanje EV model is a commercial panel van that is equipped to haul up to 2722kg.

Chanje CEO, Bryan Hansel, has announced executive team additions from a range of businesses including Volkswagen, Daimler, Renault, Tesla, Ford, Mazda, Schneider Electric.

“The future of transportation is zero-emission, we expect commercial electric vehicles to become the norm soon,” said Hansel.

“We have an opportunity to meaningfully overhaul the last mile industry and completely revolutionise how that facet of transportation impacts the environment.

“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 centres where noise and air quality are a major concern.”

Chanje will reportedly 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.

Chanje will reportedly work with large fleet customers to provide renewable energy and charging capabilities as a turnkey service. Chanje said its goal is to support organisations as they transition to energy systems that are secure, stable, local, renewable and efficient, and will provide a microgrid depot solution that will incorporate charging infrastructure, energy storage and other grid services.

Chanje is a private US corporation with technology and investment from its co-founding partner, Hong Kong based, FDG Electric Vehicles Limited (FDG).

Chanje partnered with FDG to leverage its battery and electric vehicle technology and economies of scale to convert large North American commercial fleets to zero-emission as efficiently as possible.

FDG and other partners combined have invested nearly $1.2 million in bringing the medium-duty EV to market.

Chanje is currently undergoing a site selection process for an assembly facility in the US.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has teased that autonomous vehicles could arrive sooner than expected while numerous companies continue to innovate.

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