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Workhorse N-Gen Electric Van: Drone Optional

November 08, 2017

The HorseFly UAV Delivery system is a custom built, high efficiency octocopter-based delivery UAV that is fully integrated with Workhorse's line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks. (Photos courtesy of Workhorse)
The HorseFly UAV Delivery system is a custom built, high efficiency octocopter-based delivery UAV that is fully integrated with Workhorse's line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks. (Photos courtesy of Workhorse)

Workhorse Group Inc. has commenced implementation of an agreement to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van. The van 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 patent-pending truck and drone HorseFly system is compliant with all current FAA regulations and can carry a package weighing up to 10 pounds at a cost of approximately $0.03 per mile.  

“The new N-Gen platform represents a new day for last-mile delivery,” said Stephen Burns, CEO of Workhorse. “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.”

The electric N-Gen van, with a lightweight composite body, will provide an anticipated range of 100 miles on a single charge. 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 Workhorse N-Gen's 19-inch floor and 105-inch roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries, and enhance driver ease of operation. 
The Workhorse N-Gen's 19-inch floor and 105-inch roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries, and enhance driver ease of operation.

The N-Gen’s ultra-low 19-inch floor and 105-inch roof height maximize cargo space, reduce knee injuries and enhance driver ease of operation. Standard van options include all-wheel drive, automatic braking and lane centering, a best-in-class 26-foot turning radius and superior handling for maximum versatility. The built-in Workhorse Metron telematics system tracks in real time all van and drone parameters to optimize performance and efficiency. Additional configurations for telecom service/municipal use, as well as 700-cubic-foot and 1,000-cubic-foot models, are expected in late 2018.

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