The Shyft Group introduced an all-electric Class 5 crew cab truck. The Blue Arc EV Solutions truck made its debut at NTEA’s Work Truck Week 2023 in Indianapolis.
The all-electric vehicle has a walk-in-van style cab that features a sliding door and weather-protected steps for safe curbside entrance and exit. At 85” high and 88.5” wide, the larger interior allows crews to walk up into the cab, stand or sit comfortably, and set up a mobile workstation to stay plugged in throughout the day.
“Not only is the Crew Cab EV designed explicitly for crew comfort, safety, and productivity, but this unique and highly flexible cab chassis allows for a variety of bodies for stake trucks, box trucks, dump trucks, and more,” said Daryl Adams, president and CEO of The Shyft Group in a statement. “This innovative truck brings new markets to Shyft and helps accelerate the transformation to EVs across our country.”
Using Blue Arc’s modular Class 5 commercial-grade EV chassis, the truck is built to handle payloads in end uses such as construction, trades, municipalities, snow removal and landscaping.
The EV work truck features lithium-ion liquid-cooled battery packs and an optional 450-watt-hour integrated solar roof package. It is optimized for Level 2 and DC fast charging with an accelerated charge time of 2-6 hours and a 200-plus mile range. The lightweight aluminum dump body is designed by the company’s DuraMag brand and features a payload capacity ranging from 6,000-10,000 pounds.
Blue Arc plans to integrate vehicle and driver safety technology including 360-degree cameras with 12” in-dash HD displays, front parking sensor and blind spot detection, tire pressure monitoring, weather-protected steps, and keyless and automated entry.
The Class 5 EV chassis will soon be available in strip chassis and cowl chassis to electrify buses, shuttles, motorcoaches, and other vehicles making a transition to all-electric.
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