Ryder System, Inc, a commercial fleet management, transportation and supply chain solutions company has announced its largest commercial electric vehicle (EV) purchase in the United States.

Together with an order of 1,000 medium-duty electric panel vans by Chanje Energy Inc, Ryder and FedEx Corp. have executed a truck leasing and preventative maintenance agreement primarily for Ryder’s ChoiceLease fleet. The electric trucks will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the U.S. The fleet is expected to be deployed throughout California over the next couple years.

 FedEx will have access to Ryder’s network of 800 facilities across North America to support its Chanje electric vehicle fleet. The Chanje all-electric large delivery style van is equipped to haul up to 6,000 pounds and up to 675 cubic feet of cargo, all with zero vehicle exhaust emissions and up to 150-mile range on a single charge. The Chanje EVs are configured to match the current shelving, specifications, and workflow that FedEx Express delivery drivers use today, without the emissions, noise, or maintenance associated with gas or diesel vehicles.

 “With our focus on innovation and technology, combined with our entry into the EV market more than a year ago, we’ve made it easy for customers such as FedEx to adopt sustainable, advanced vehicle technologies,” says Dennis Cooke, President - Global Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. “We continue to see broadening interest in EVs from businesses of various sizes and industries looking to outsource – especially in the final mile delivery space where a smaller, more environmentally-friendly vehicle is required.”

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