A California-based, Hong-Kong-owned company called Chanje has emerged and plans to begin production on a new electric delivery truck this year. The truck, the V8070 panel van, has volume orders already, the company says.
The V8070 has a payload capacity of 6,000 pounds, 580 cubic feet of cargo volume, and a dual motor system. The dual motors are powered by a 70 kWh liquid-cooled battery and total system output for propulsion is 148 kW at peak. The V8070 has a total of 564 foot pounds of torque available and is capable of over 50 MPGe in fuel economy. Charging speeds up to 7.2 kW are available for the truck.
Utilizing a single platform and global vehicle strategy, Chanje will subsequently 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.
The Hong Kong investor for Chanje is FDG Electric Vehicles Limited, a battery and EV manufacturer. The V8070 was designed by a U.S. team at Chanje with most parts made in Hong Kong and China and final assembly for the truck being in the United States. Chanje is currently looking at facilities in the U.S., mostly in areas near port facilities west of the Mississippi River.
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