Shyft Group signs agreement for mobile service of BlueArc EVs

NOVI–The specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly and uplift firm Shyft Group Inc. (NASDAQ: SHYF) has signed an agreement with Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Amerit Fleet Solutions, a provider of fleet maintenance, to provide 24/7 maintenance and support services for Blue Arc electric trucks across the United States.

Shyft’s comprehensive service model now includes Amerit’s network of mobile technicians, onsite dealer service, Blue Arc EV Tech Support, and a proven parts ordering system to minimize downtime and keep fleets on the road.

“We’re committed to keeping the customer at the center of all we do,” said John Dunn, president and CEO of The Shyft Group. “As we transition to EV technology, we’re focused on ensuring a seamless experience for our last-mile customers and drivers. Our comprehensive service model includes onsite dealer service, access to our Blue Arc EV tech support team, a proven parts ordering system, and now, Amerit’s 24/7 EV fleet maintenance program to minimize downtime and keep fleets on the road.”

Blue Arc EVs will soon be available through a network of dealerships, each staffed by technicians trained and certified by Shyft’s Blue Arc engineering team, ensuring customers can conveniently service their vehicles at dealership garages. Complementing this dealer network, Shyft’s dedicated in-house tech support team—comprised of more than 30 certified technicians and engineers—specializes in vehicle development, validation, and testing to maintain high service standards at all touchpoints.

Shyft says its integrated service and parts system also ensures that high-quality parts are readily available, simplifying maintenance and repairs. Together with Amerit Fleet Solutions’ network of mobile technicians, the Shyft Group’s comprehensive support network helps facilitate continuous fleet operation and maximum vehicle uptime.

“We’re confident in the design and performance of our Blue Arc EV truck,” said Eric Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of Shyft Innovations. “Our commitment to commercial-grade performance, built on Shyft’s 50-year history in last-mile delivery vehicles, enabled us to secure a roster of Tier 1 automotive suppliers for critical vehicle systems and subsystems that allow us to confidently meet customers’ expectations and deliver a one-of-a-kind solution.”

The Blue Arc platform features one of the industry’s first commercial-grade, purpose-built EV chassis, with every subsystem and aspect designed for demanding commercial vehicle duty cycles. Tier 1 suppliers include Akebono, Bosch, Dana, Hendrickson, and Modine.

The Shyft Group recently secured an initial order of 150 Blue Arc EV Trucks from FedEx for its U.S. pickup and delivery fleet, reflecting a shared commitment to reducing carbon emissions. During testing on last-mile routes in Memphis, the Blue Arc truck operated 8-10 hour routes under challenging conditions, with temperatures ranging from 95 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The vehicle’s reliability and ability to regenerate 20-30 kW of power through its regenerative braking system underscore its commercial readiness.

The Shyft Group is organized into two core business units: Shyft Fleet Vehicles and Services and Shyft Specialty Vehicles. Today, its family of brands include Blue Arc EV Solutions, Utilimaster, Royal Truck Body, DuraMag and Magnum, Strobes-R-Us, Spartan RV Chassis, Red Diamond Aftermarket Solutions, and Builtmore Contract Manufacturing. The company employs approximately 3,000 employees and contractors in locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico. The company reported sales of $872 million in 2023. More at www.TheShyftGroup.com.

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