This month, Workhorse Group, an American technology company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, will begin deploying the country’s first fleet of all-electric, zero-emission electric cargo vans in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company’s “N-Gen” vans will be used by a local package delivery firm, which is leasing them from Workhorse’s distribution and service partner, Ryder System.
“Rolling out this history making fleet of N-Gen vans in one of the most innovative cities in America is something myself and the entire team are extremely proud of,” said Duane Hughes, Workhorse President and COO. “This deployment is the first step towards transitioning the largest growing segment in the truck business into a zero-emission stronghold.”
The vans, which were first unveiled late last year, feature a composite body that keeps each of them just shy of 5,500 pounds. 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 also features 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.
The pilot program announcement comes after last month’s news that UPS announced would lease 50 N-Gen vans. UPS said the vans could be the first of thousands of electric vans it will place in its fleet. Across the entire country, Workhorse hopes to have as many as 2,000 N-Gen vans on the road by the end of this year, according to Trucks.com.