Workhorse announces N-GEN electric van with HorseFly drone delivery system
Workhorse Group Inc., an American technology company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, announced it will test and operate its new N-Gen electric van.
“The new N-Gen platform represents a new day for last-mile delivery,” said Stephen Burns, CEO of Workhorse. “With an agreement now in place to test and operate N-Gen vehicles in several cities across the United States, Workhorse continues to be on the front edge of transformative innovation in the commercial transportation sector.”
The electric N-Gen van, with lightweight composite body, will provide an anticipated range of 100 miles on a single charge. An optional gasoline range extender will add an additional 75 miles. In early on-road testing, the N-Gen has demonstrated a 60-65 MPGe efficiency.
The N-Gen’s ultra low 19-in. floor and 105-in. roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries and enhance driver ease of operation. Standard van options include all-wheel drive, automatic braking and lane centering, a best-in-class 26-ft. turning radius and superior handling for maximum versatility. The built-in Workhorse Metron telematics system tracks in real time all van and drone parameters to optimize performance and efficiency. Additional configurations for telecomm service/municipal use, as well as 700-cubic-ft. and 1,000-cubic-ft. models, are expected in late 2018.
HorseFly drone delivery system compliant with FAA
It will also feature an optional integrated HorseFly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Package Delivery System. The carbon-fiber, high-efficiency octocopter drone launches from the roof of a delivery van and delivers a package to its destination within the driver’s line of sight. The patent-pending truck and drone HorseFly system is compliant with all current FAA regulations, and can carry a package weighing up to 10 lbs. with a cost of approximately $.03 per mile.
Workhorse and Ryder System, Inc. in May announced a partnership that made Ryder —a commercial fleet management company dedicated to transportation and supply chain solutions — the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light and medium duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America.
Building on more than 1 million miles of real-world experience with fleet customers operating electric medium-duty trucks, N-Gen continues Workhorse’s legacy of innovation in electric transportation, says the company. Workhorse’s E-GEN electric, range-extended medium-duty truck, is being used today by major package delivery companies, chosen for its low total cost of ownership.