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New Electric Van Features Drone Delivery Option

New Electric Van Features Drone Delivery OptionWorkhorse Group

New Workhorse Electric Van Features Drone Delivery Option

Workhorse Group, a provider of electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, is taking drone delivery to the next level. The company introduced the electric W-15 pickup, and now it’s unveiled an electric van for delivery drivers, featuring an optional integrated HorseFly Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Package Delivery System.

The Workhorse N-Gen is an electric vehicle aimed at last-mile delivery services, which bring packages from local warehouses to people’s doorsteps. The electric N-Gen van, with a lightweight composite body, provides an anticipated range of 100 miles on a single charge, with an optional gasoline range extender will add an additional 75 miles. In early on-road testing, the N-Gen has demonstrated a 60-65 MPGe efficiency.

The HorseFly system is a carbon-fiber, high-efficiency octocopter, which launches from the van’s roof. It delivers a package weighing up to 10 pounds, to the destination which is within the driver’s line of sight.

 

According to Road Show, Workhorse tested a similar system with UPS trucks in Florida. 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 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.”

Workhorse will unveil the N-Gen to the public at CES 2018 in Las Vegas this coming January. Keep your eyes peeled for Roadshow this winter for this and many other unveilings from the CES show floor.

 

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