Workhorse Group Inc., an American technology company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, recently announced it has commenced implementation of agreements to 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 agreements 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.”
Earlier this year, the company unveiled its W-15: the automotive industry’s first electric pickup truck built from the ground up. Like the W-15, the N-Gen features a lightweight composite body. Workhorse says the N-Gen has 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 60-65 MPGe in fuel efficiency.
The N-Gen will also feature an optional integrated HorseFly™ Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Package Delivery System. The high-efficiency CFRP 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 pounds with a cost of approximately $.03 per mile.
The N-Gen’s low 19-inch floor and 105-inch 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-foot turning radius and superior handling for maximum versatility. Additional configurations for telecomm service/municipal use, as well as 700-cubic-foot and 1,000-cubic-foot models, are expected in late 2018.