Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc., a pure-play commercial electric vehicle company based in Troy, today announced that it has shipped its first Urban Delivery units to customers, marking the launch of the first commercial Class 1 EV in the U.S. market.
The vehicles came from ELMS’ production facility in Mishawaka, Ind., and were shipped to Randy Marion Automotive Group, one of the country’s largest commercial vehicle dealerships, as part of a binding purchase order for 1,000 units that was announced last week.
“This launch and delivery marks a key milestone for Electric Last Mile Solutions, our partners, and our shareholders. We are now delivering our transformative and sustainable EV solutions to commercial customers and solidifying our first-mover status in the segment,” says James Taylor, co-founder and CEO of ELMS.
The Urban Delivery is designed to offer the lowest total cost of ownership compared to internal combustion Class 1 vehicles. With a cargo volume of 171 cubic feet, a max payload of 2,100 pounds, and a range of 125 miles, the vehicle offers more space than Class 1 leaders, with an estimated 60 percent reduction in maintenance costs.
“Supported by a seasoned workforce at a plant that has produced American icons, ELMS has positioned itself at the vanguard of the commercial electrification movement. We now look forward to continuing our momentum and ramping to mass production to meet our customer demand,” says Taylor.
The vehicle offers many customization options ranging from food-truck capability, to a handy man’s mobile workstation, to an efficient and emission free last-mile delivery vehicle. The company expects to begin production of its second vehicle, the Class 3 Urban Utility EV, in the second half of 2022.