Two vehicles developed by Workhorse that piggyback on the NGDV project are the W-15 electric pickup truck and, most recently, the N-Gen electric cargo van. The W-15, which features a CFRP body, has a gross vehicle weight rating of 7,200 pounds and an 80-mile all-electric range. During development, Workhorse pre-sold the vehicle to 18 different fleets that bought 5,500 trucks, equating to approximately $300 million in sales, according to Burns. Customers ranged from municipalities to energy companies.

Although the W-15 is designed for commercial use, Burns says it’s drawn interest from consumers, too. “It’s a good-looking, electric range-extending, carbon fiber pickup truck. It gets the equivalent of 75 mpg, and it’s very quick and strong,” he says. “Once we get through our first wave of fleet deliveries – and we’re at the tail end of that – consumers can get their place in line.”

The N-Gen is a cargo van similar to the Ford Transit. “The only difference is that the Transit is the same product used by plumbers or florists or a last-mile delivery person,” says Burns. “The N-Gen is a for-purpose, last-mile delivery vehicle.”

Last-mile logistics refers to the movement of goods from the transportation hub to the final delivery destination. Transportation companies are battling to dominate the market, which is skyrocketing thanks to e-commerce. A key priority is reducing costs associated with last-mile delivery, which can account for up to 28 percent of a product’s total transportation cost, according to a report from Supply Chain Dive, a manufacturing news curator.

“Usually, vertical markets aren’t big enough to build a for-purpose truck,” says Burns. “But with last-mile delivery and e-commerce ballooning, we thought it warranted a dedicated vehicle.” The N-Gen, which has a CFRP body and weighs just under 5,500 pounds, has an anticipated range of 100 miles on a single charge. It can carry a one-ton load in its 450-cubic foot cargo bay. Comparable gas and diesel vans typically weigh thousands of pounds more, decreasing their fuel efficiency and carrying capacity.

In addition, the N-Gen was designed with a low 19-inch floor and a 105-inch roof height to maximize cargo space and make it easy for the driver to get packages in and out of the van. The N-Gen also is available with Workhorse’s optional integrated HorseFly unmanned aerial vehicle package delivery system. The CFRP drone launches from the roof of the van and delivers packages to their destinations within the driver’s line of sight.