Workhorse employs electric van with delivery drone
Workhorse Group Inc. announced it is implementing 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."
The electric N-Gen van, with lightweight composite body, will provide an anticipated range of 100 mi (161 km) on a single charge. An optional gasoline range extender will add an additional 75 mi (121 km). In early on-road testing, the N-Gen has demonstrated a 60-65 MPGe efficiency.
The N-Gen's 19-in (483-mm) floor and 105-in (2667-mm) roof height are designed to maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries, and enhance driver ease of operation. Standard van options include all-wheel drive, automatic braking and lane centering, and a 26-ft (8-m) turning radius. 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-ft3 (20-m3) and 1000-ft3 (28-m3) models, are expected in late 2018.
The platform 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 truck and drone HorseFly system is compliant with all current FAA regulations, and is designed to carry a package weighing up to 10 lb (4.5 kg) with a cost of approximately $.03 per mile.
Workhorse and Ryder System, Inc. in May announced a partnership that made Ryder the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty all-electric and range-extended electric vehicles in North America.