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 . 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.”