Recently unstealthed electric delivery truck and energy solutions company, Chanje is partnering with eMotorWerks to deliver an energy-as-a-service (EaaS) programme to its commercial fleet customers with a smart charging platform. eMotorWerks and its line of intelligent and cloud-connected electric vehicle (EV) charging hardware and software solutions to support a key element of Chanje’s four pillar strategy to integrate charging infrastructure, energy storage, renewable energy and smart-grid solutions into a turnkey energy service.
“We are offering fleet customers a ‘one-stop-shop’ of purpose-built electric trucks as well as the energy services, without them having to worry about the installation or energy load management,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO of Chanje. “Our collaboration with eMotorWerks allows us to deliver dynamic charging capabilities that support drivers, utilities, operators and CFOs alike. Along with our new partner, we look forward to introducing fleets to the world of smart-grid charging.”
The fleet operating system Chanje is deploying with the eMotorWerks JuiceNet platform employs automated, multi-tiered control algorithms and load balancing to allow multiple charging stations to operate simultaneously under peak load settings. Automated load management helps Chanje’s fleet customers lower their operating costs while also enabling utilities and grid operators to avoid excessive strain on local electrical circuits and the grid as a whole. Additionally, by utilising the JuiceNet platform, Chanje fleet operators have the opportunity to participate in energy services programmes such as demand response activities which benefit their local electric grids and lowers the fleet’s total cost of operation.
“By combining our JuiceNet enabled stations with the automotive and EV expertise of Chanje, our collaboration will deliver market-leading smart grid charging products to both drivers and automakers in one seamless approach,” said Valery Miftakhov, founder and CEO of eMotorWerks. “With this collaboration, drivers will be confident that their zero-emission trucks are not only the most socially responsible and cost-effective method of transport, but also use the cleanest energy available via JuiceNet smart charging controls.”
These stations will give commercial fleet operators access to a customised cloud-based JuiceNet control platform to intelligently manage EV charging, including remote access control, automatic energy management to avoid peak pricing, smart algorithms to maximise charging with available renewable energy from the grid, and electricity usage tracking.
Chanje is also introducing a customer portal that helps fleet operators manage their daily energy requirements by aggregating data from the vehicle telematics and charging platform. For example, by looking at vehicle usage analytics, fleet operators can make real-time adjustments to manage driver and route inefficiencies to prevent unnecessary spikes in usage and control the total cost of operation.
Chanje specialises in medium-duty electric vehicles, which are often called first and last mile delivery vehicles. With the average U.S. urban delivery route being approximately 70 miles a day, this segment is ideally positioned for electrification, especially considering that trucks return to the same depot each night where they can easily recharge.