Shyft is planning to make electric delivery vans at its southeast US plant by mid-2023.
Specialty vehicle manufacturer Shyft Group Inc. on Tuesday said it will begin construction of a medium-duty electric delivery van by mid-2023, making a fresh entry into the commercial market of electric vehicles, according to a release.
The company is expected to begin shipping some custom electric vans in the coming months for testing, Chief Executive Daryl Adams said.
The details about the facility are being worked out, but it will initially have a capacity of 2,500 vans yearly. Shyft will soon expand by adding similar plants in the west and central regions of the country, explained Adams.
The van will offer an estimated range of 150-175 miles, and the possibility to increase that range by adding extended battery options.
Shyft will also market the platform used to build its electric vehicle to different makers who would like to use the platform in other markets.
Adams stated that the most common electric utility vehicles are smaller Class 2 vans. Shyft’s move into the Class 3 electric van category was in response to the demand of customers which includes United Parcel Service, FedEx, and Amazon.com.
The company has invested $75 million in the program.
Shyft will reveal the new vehicle at the NTEA Work Truck Week trade show taking place in Indianapolis from March 8-10.