Workhorse launches real-world testing of N-Gen all-electric delivery van
Loveland, Ohio-based Workhorse Group has deployed four units of its new lightweight all-electric delivery van, N-Gen, in the San Francisco Bay Area this week. The deployment marks the first on-the road, real-world testing of the N-Gen all-electric delivery van, which is a 5,500-pound carbon-fiber and plastic vehicle capable of carrying a load of up to one ton.
The van is equipped with a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and boasts a range of 100 miles on a single charge.
The move to deploy the N-Gen all-electric delivery vans on the road indicates that Workhorse -- which is mainly known in the electric-vehicle market because of its plug-in electric W-15 pickup truck -- has efforts underway to build a market for electric vans. The company plans to put 2,000 units of its all-electric vans on the road by the end of 2018.
As part of the recently-commenced real-world testing of N-Gen, the all-electric delivery van is being operated by an undisclosed package delivery company. Asserting that the N-Gen vans put on the road are not concepts but real vans, Workhorse CEO Steve Burns said that “hundreds of packages” will be delivered by the vans every day.
The deployment of N-Gen all-electric vans has been described by Workhorse President and COO Duane Hughes as a move which marks “the first step towards transitioning the largest growing segment in the truck business into a zero-emission stronghold.”
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