The Shyft Group (NASDAQ: SHYF), which has a 50-year history of specialty vehicle chassis manufacturing, has created a new brand called Blue Arc EV Solutions, and introduced three new products: a commercial-grade purpose-built EV chassis; an electric Class 3 walk-in delivery van; and a portable, remote-controlled charging station called the Power Cube.
Shyft’s proprietary battery-powered chassis features an all-new design built from the ground up to accommodate the duty cycles of commercial vehicles. Its modular design can accommodate multiple weight ratings and classifications, and its customizable length and wheelbase make it suitable for a wide range of medium-duty truck applications, including last-mile delivery, work trucks, mass transit and recreational vehicles. The expected range is 150 to 175 miles, and more will be available through expanded battery options.
The Blue Arc van is a battery-electric Class 3 commercial vehicle designed for high-frequency, last-mile delivery fleets. The cargo area has 635-800 cubic feet of storage, and offers a choice of vocational packages. The van features an integrated solar roof package, aluminum honeycomb shelving, and a lightweight aluminum and composite body design. Vehicle lengths of 14 to 18 feet and a payload capacity of up to 5,000 lbs are available. Blue Arc plans to integrate driver safety technology such as 360° cameras, large in-dash HD camera displays, lane departure and proximity sensors, and keyless and automated entry. Vehicle prototypes will be delivered to customers for route testing in the coming months.
Shyft expects to begin building the chassis and electric delivery vans at a plant in the southeastern United States by mid-2023.
North Carolina-based Randy Marion Dealer Group will be the first dealer to offer the new Blue Arc delivery van in the US. “We’re excited to offer Blue Arc EV solutions to our customers,” said Brad Sigmon, Randy Marion’s VP of Sales. “The EV walk-in delivery van is going to be one-of-a-kind in the market because nobody else currently has the capability to manufacture both the chassis and the bodies like Blue Arc.”
The Power Cube is a portable remote-controlled charging station with onboard energy storage that’s designed to serve a variety of commercial vehicle needs. The Power Cube offers a a mobile, customizable, commercial-grade EV charger that does not need to be connected to the grid. It can be equipped with sun-tracking solar panels.
Source: Shyft Group