Blue Arc™ EV Solutions, a new go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group, makes its debut alongside a trio of initial product offerings—an industry-first
commercial grade purpose-built EV chassis; a fully reimagined from the ground up all-electric Class 3
delivery walk-in van; and a fully portable, remote-controlled charging station, the Power Cube™.
“We created Blue Arc not just for companies
looking to evolve their parcel delivery fleets
to electric power, but for the people – for our
customers and the drivers,” said Shyft CEO
Daryl Adams. “Blue Arc is the electric mobility
company that can deliver end-to-end holistic
EV solutions and meet sustainability and
performance goals with a full ecosystem of
electric-powered solutions. We are ready to
charge ahead and bring the EV promise to
reality for future generations.”
Adams announced the new Blue Arc brand at
NTEA Work Truck Week in Indianapolis, along
with the news that North Carolina-based Randy
Marion Dealer Group will be the first dealer in
the U.S. to offer Shyft’s new all electric Class 3
delivery vehicle. With a 50-year heritage in specialty vehicle chassis manufacturing and body building
for last mile delivery, Shyft leverages coast-to-coast manufacturing and service infrastructure, primed
to deliver EV solutions at scale.
“We’re extremely excited to offer Blue Arc EV solutions to our customers,” said Brad Sigmon, VP of
Sales at Randy Marion Automotive Group. “The EV walk-in delivery van is going to be one-of-a-kind in
the market because nobody else currently has the capability to manufacture both the chassis and the
bodies like Blue Arc.”
Shyft’s proprietary battery-powered chassis features customizable length and wheelbase, making it
well-suited to serve a wide range of medium-duty trucks and end uses. It’s an all-new design built from
the ground up to accommodate the usage and duty-cycle demands of commercial vehicles.
“I am extremely proud of the Blue Arc team that has engineered this ecosystem of EV products from
the ground up leveraging years of experience in the last mile industry,” said Eric Fisher, vice president
and general manager, Blue Arc EV Solutions. “This all-new EV chassis and delivery van offers purposebuilt, customer-focused work trucks that increase speed, efficiency and impact on our customers’
The chassis’ modular design will accommodate multiple weight ratings and classifications, based on
build-out and usage. The lithium-ion battery packs provide an approximate range of 150 to 175 miles
with the opportunity to enhance range through expanded battery options. With a high degree of
configurability, the all-electric chassis is adaptable to last-mile delivery, work truck, mass transit,
recreational vehicle and other emerging EV markets.
The Blue Arc delivery van is a 100% battery-powered Class-3 electric commercial delivery vehicle,
designed for high-frequency, last-mile delivery fleets. A spacious cargo area features 635-800 cubic feet
of storage and offers a choice of vocational packages specifically designed for functionality. The
delivery van also features an integrated solar roof package and lightweight aluminum honeycomb
shelving package 175lbs lighter than today. The lightweight aluminum and composite body design offer
higher durability against scratches and dents. With vehicles ranging from 14’ to 18’ in length and a
payload capacity of up to 5,000 lbs., Shyft customers can maximize productivity and minimize cost of
ownership, including fuel and maintenance costs.
Blue Arc plans to integrate the latest in proven vehicle and driver safety technology such as
360°cameras, large in-dash HD camera displays, lane departure and proximity sensors, and keyless and
automated entry. Designed with the driver’s comfort and productivity in mind, the delivery van is easy
to drive and easy to enter and exit for last-mile deliveries with multi-stop routes.
Vehicle prototypes are expected to reach customers for route testing in the coming months, supported
out of the Shyft R&D facility in Plymouth, Michigan. Shyft expects to begin building the chassis and electric
delivery vans at a plant in the southeastern United States by mid-2023.
The Blue Arc ecosystem also includes the Power Cube, a fully portable remote-controlled charging
station with onboard energy storage to serve a variety of commercial vehicle needs. Understanding
that lack of EV infrastructure is one of the roadblocks to adoption, the Power Cube offers a unique
solution, providing a mobile, customizable, commercial grade EV charger that does not need to be
connected to the grid. It has a fast and flexible deployment model that’s customizable for customer
needs with varying configurations. This unique solution carries power onboard and can have vehicles
up and charged in 1-2 hours. The Power Cube is also sustainable, supplemented with wind and solar
power with panels that track the sun for maximum exposure and charging.
The Shyft Group plans to debut the Blue Arc Power Cube next month – more information will be
Learn more about The Shyft Group at TheShyftGroup.com