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Workhorse integrates van and drone for last-kilometre delivery

Steve Rogerson
November 9, 2017



Ohio technology company Workhorse Group says it is optimising last-kilometre delivery with its N-Gen electric van and integrated HorseFly package delivery drone.
 
The platform includes electric all-wheel drive, low floor, optional unmanned package delivery drone, telematics and optional range extender.
 
"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 USA, Workhorse continues to be on the front edge of transformative innovation in the commercial transportation sector."
 
The electric N-Gen van, with lightweight composite body, will provide an anticipated range of 160km on a single charge. An optional petrol range extender will add an additional 120km. In early on-road testing, the N-Gen has demonstrated a 25 to 28km/litre equivalent efficiency.
 
The N-Gen's 48cm floor and 267cm roof height increases cargo space, reduces knee injuries and enhances driver ease of operation. Standard van options include all-wheel drive, automatic braking and lane centring, and an eight-metre turning radius.
 
The built-in Workhorse Metron telematics system tracks in real time all van and drone parameters to improve performance and efficiency. Additional configurations for telecoms service and municipal use, as well as 19.8 and 28.3 cubic metre models, are expected in late 2018.
 
The HorseFly unmanned aerial vehicle package delivery system is a carbon-fibre octocopter drone that 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 4.5kg.
 
Workhorse and Ryder System in May announced a partnership that made Ryder the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light and medium duty all-electric and range-extended electric vehicles in North America.