The Shyft Group Inc. has completed testing and has received an executive order of compliance from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the company’s Blue Arc EV Solutions Class 3, 4 and 5 electric delivery vehicles.
CARB compliance means Blue Arc vehicles meet the emission standards set by CARB, and the vehicles help contribute to cleaner and safer air quality, as well as a more sustainable platform to minimize fleet impact on the environment. Within the executive order, CARB confirmed the city driving range of 225 miles for the Class 3 Blue Arc EVs under CARB test conditions, including three models offering 600, 700 or 800 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The Class 4 and 5 EVs provide 700 to 1,000 cubic feet.
Together with Shyft’s recent announcement on EPA testing citing up to 200-mile range city/highway combined, the executive order and certification are important milestones that help clear the way for Shyft’s Blue Arc vans to start production later this year and be sold in all 50 states, the company noted in a press release.
Shyft also recently announced a $16-million investment at the company’s Charlotte, Michigan, campus to begin production of the electric vehicles in the second half of 2023.