US electric vehicle manufacturer Blue Arc EV Solutions, a new go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group has just announced a 2,000-unit pre-order for its all-electric Class 3, 4 and 5 walk-in delivery vans from Randy Marion Automotive Group.
Shyft expects to finalize a multi-year purchase order with Randy Marion for the pre-ordered walk-in vans, begin production in the Midwest and start delivery to Randy Marion in mid-2023. The electric delivery vans are equipped with Proterra batteries, stemming from a deal in March this year.
The Shyft Group says that its Blue Arc EV Solutions subsidiary benefits from its existing coast-to-coast manufacturing and service infrastructure since the Shyft Group is a well-established force in speciality vehicle manufacturing in North America.
Randy Marion Automotive Group is one of the largest dealer groups in the Carolinas. “Our long history working with Shyft through its Utilimaster brand and the overwhelmingly positive response to the Blue Arc Class 3 all-electric delivery walk-in van give us great confidence in the entire Blue Arc line-up, the Class 3 and 4, as well as the Class 5 that is in development now,” said Brad Sigmon, VP of Sales at Randy Marion Automotive Group. “The commercial grade features from Shyft, engineered with first-hand knowledge of last-mile delivery, are a true differentiator versus the other EV options.”
Blue Arc EV has developed a scalable design for its electric delivery vans with a portfolio available in Class 3 – 5 walk-in van configurations with body length options from 12 to 22 feet. The company says it has designed the vehicles with high-frequency, last-mile delivery fleets in mind. The delivery vehicles have a range of 150-mile range (approx 241 kilometres) at 50% payload in parcel mode, while the company is also making optional extended range packs available. Multiple chassis wheelbase options at 178”, 190”, 208”, and 230” will support different applications.
Fleet customers will be able to pre-order online or at the dealerships starting in September.
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