NGEN-1000 goes into production at Workhorse’s Midwest plant
US-based Workhorse Group has started the initial production of a new light-weight NGEN-1000 electric delivery vehicle with a grill-less front end.
The NGEN-1000 has a curb weight of 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg), less than one-half of what a traditional diesel step-van weighs. It offers 1,000 cubic feet (28 m³) of compartment and cargo area and a range of 100 miles (160 km) on one charge. The delivery van is powered by a smaller battery pack than previous designs, thereby reducing the cost of the vehicle and the cost of the charging infrastructure for the customer. The NGEN will be available in four cargo sizes for customers: 250, 450, 700 and 1,000 cubic feet.
“For as long as I can remember, we’ve been discussing what the future of delivery looks like and what role electric vehicles will play in that,” said Stephen S. Burns, CEO of Workhorse. “We are proud to say – the future is here. With an off-the-lot cost on par with traditional fuel delivery vehicles, and substantial savings from there, we believe the NGEN will forever change the business of delivery as we know it.”
The NGEN-1000 features a unique new design. It has a low floor with 7.25″ ground clearance, making loading and unloading easier, and entry and egress safer. Hub motors in front provide tighter turning radius and the all-wheel drive ensures surefooted handling in inclement weather conditions. The vehicle has a carrying capacity of 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg) and can fit drivers from 5’2″ to 6’5″ comfortably.