Workhorse manufactures electric trucks for commercial customers at its factory in Indiana. It’s product lineup includes the W-15 — a dual motor, all wheel drive pickup truck designed expressly for utility customers and other fleet operators who require vehicles that can travel long distances, thanks to the built in onboard range extender engine. It makes the chassis for the E-Gen — a medium duty electric delivery van that is 6 times more energy efficient than a comparable diesel powered vehicle. It also manufactures the SureFly, an electric personal transportation module for the skies.
You might think those projects would be enough to keep the company busy, but it is pushing forward with other endeavors designed to speed up the electric vehicle revolution. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, it will officially introduce two other products it is working on — the N-Gen all electric, all wheel drive small delivery van and the HorseFly, an electric drone that can deliver packages that weigh up to 10 pounds autonomously at a cost of 3 cents per mile or less.
The N-Gen delivery van features a lightweight composite body and an exceptionally low cargo floor height. Most injuries to drivers occur when getting into or out of the vehicle. Lowering the load floor to just 19 inches above the pavement should reduce work related injuries, lowering costs and increasing productivity. The N-Gen has an electric range of 100 miles. An optional range extender engine can add another 75 miles of range. The vehicle has an MPGe of 65 mpg.
“The new N-Gen platform represents a new day for last-mile delivery,” said Stephen Burns, CEO of Workhorse in a press release. “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.” It can be configured for municipal or local delivery use and will be available in late 2018. Larger 700 cubic foot and 1,000 cubic foot versions will also be available.
The N-Gen can be equipped with a HorseFly package delivery drone that is integrated into the roof of the N-Gen van. Advanced telematics allow the drone to complete last mile deliveries quickly at low cost while the delivery van continues down the road. Once the delivery is completed, the drone will locate the van and return to it autonomously so it can be used again and again during the work day.
Many companies see market opportunities for electric work trucks but Workhorse is ahead of the pack with a full line of light and medium electric trucks optimized for commercial fleet operators. It has been selected as a finalist in a competition to supply new $6 billion worth of new vehicles to the US Postal Service. 2018 should be an exciting year for this forward thinking company.