A front three-quarter view of the chassis. (Photo: The Shyft Group)

The Shyft Group’s flat modular chassis is designed to allow integration with any specialty vehicle body manufacturer

NOVI, Mich.—The Shyft Group, Inc., is planning to bring to market an all-electric purpose-built Class 3 chassis platform designed to serve medium-duty truck markets, from last mile parcel delivery fleets to work trucks, passenger busses, recreational vehicles, and more, the company said in a release.

The Shyft Group is a prominent North American specialty vehicle manufacturer and assembler for the commercial and fleet vehicle industries and for the recreational vehicle markets.

Shyft Innovations™, The Shyft Group’s dedicated mobility research and development team, will introduce a purpose-built flat modular EV chassis to any specialty vehicle body builder. The EV-powered chassis features customizable length and wheelbase, making it well suited for a variety of vehicle types, according to the release.

The chassis has a modular design that can accommodate multiple GVWR classifications, based on build-out and usage. Its high degree of configurability is said to make the all-electric chassis adaptable to last mile delivery, work truck, mass transit, recreational vehicle, and other emerging EV markets.

A back three-quarter view of the chassis. (Photo: The Shyft Group)

Vehicle prototypes are expected to make their way into customer accounts for route testing early in 2022. Production is expected to begin in the middle of 2023, the company said.

“We’ve listened closely to our customers and to the industry at large to design this EV chassis to address an unmet need in the specialty vehicles market,” said Daryl Adams, president and chief executive officer of The Shyft Group, in the release. “We gained valuable insight from our long-term customer relationships to develop an EV chassis that will help all customers meet green mandates head-on. With a rich history in chassis engineering, body builders trust our deep domain expertise and our ability to deliver a reliable purpose-built EV platform that will deliver inherent efficiencies that positively impact the bottom line for fleet customers and owner operators alike.”

The Shyft Group has a coast-to-coast geographic footprint, with manufacturing facilities spanning 10 U.S. states from Maine to California. According to the company, this provides regional manufacturing and ship-through convenience across the full product array, spanning Class 1 to Class 7 purpose-built vehicles. The Shyft Group also operates a facility in Mexico.

“We have a well-established track record as a manufacturer of choice for purpose-built fleets,” Adams continued. “With nearly a decade of EV proficiency and over 15 years of alternative propulsion category experience, we’re a natural choice for other body builders seeking a reliable commercial-grade EV chassis. We believe this multi-dimensional platform has the power to fast-track EV adoption within the vocation-specific specialty vehicle category. It will be made domestically by a proven team of skilled tradespeople already building today’s most successful fleets.”

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