It’s a First, Company Says, ‘Without Any Government Incentives’
Workhorse reports a breakthrough agreement with “a major transportation company” to supply 125 of its range-extended E-Gen electric delivery truck chassis. “This order is unique in that it is the first significant order from a major package delivery company without any government incentives,” Workhorse Group, Inc. says in its just-filed 10-Q statement.
The identity of the customer is being withheld pending an announcement by the customer, Workhorse president Steve Burns told F&F. Bodies are to be supplied by Morgan Olson.
Workhorse noted that it’s supplying 18 of its E-100 walk-in vans with 100% electric drivelines to UPS for use in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas (F&F, December 15, 2014). “Workhorse also received orders for two E-Gen vehicles from UPS for testing,” states the 10-Q. “The vehicles were delivered and currently being used on the road as local delivery vehicles.”
Workhorse E-100 Is All-Battery, E-Gen Has Range-Extending Engine
The all-electric Workhorse E-100 walk-in van is built on a new W88 chassis, with a 268-horsepower permanent magnet motor driven by a 120-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack featuring Panasonic 18650 cells.
“The Workhorse E-100 is designed and built to meet transportation companies’ daily duty cycle,” the company says, “while delivering a zero-emission driving experience and eliminating the consumption of more than 65,000 gallons of diesel fuel over the vehicle’s projected life.”
The E-Gen variant includes a small fuel engine to ease concerns about range. It has a 60-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack supported by a 2.4-liter fuel engine designed to charge the battery between delivery stops and thus carry the vehicle through a full work day.
Motors are supplied by Canada’s TM4.
Workhorse also said in the current 10-Q that it plans to compete in the U.S. Postal Service’s planned buy of as many as 180,000 NGDVs, or next generation delivery vehicles. Workhorse is among 15 companies that will be asked to provide detailed specs and test vehicles (F&F, April 27), and says in the 10-Q that it expects to submit its detailed specifications in early October.
“We design, develop, manufacture, and sell high-performance, medium-duty trucks with advanced powertrain components, under the proven Workhorse chassis brand,” Workhorse (the former Amp Electric vehicles) says in the 10-Q. “We believe that our vehicles, engineering expertise, innovation, and operational structure differentiate us from traditional truck manufacturers.”
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