Workhorse hails progress on van and drone


N-Gen on the road while HorseFly gains official patent

Workhorse hails progress on van and drone
The N-Gen van in the carbon-fibre and plastic

 

Six weeks after its praises were sung by UPS, Workhorse Group road-testing of its lightweight, electric delivery van.

The move comes as the delivery vehicle start-up announces it has received the patent for its HorseFly Truck Launched Drone Package Delivery System a year after UPS also touted it as a direction it would be heading.

HorseFly is an integrated aspect of the Workhorse line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks and the system is designed so a driver or driver's assistant can maintain line-of-sight operation of the drone delivery process.

"We feel that the patented HorseFly truck launched drone package delivery system is the first major change to the last mile delivery process since the invention of the package delivery truck," Workhorse CEO Steve Burns says.

"Drivers appreciate the fact that the HorseFly system is fast, reliable, and efficient.

"Last mile package delivery is changing, and the HorseFly delivery system is leading the way."

Designed to assist the delivery driver, the HorseFly drone delivery system aims to help reduce driving time and allow faster deliveries.

"The result is considerably more efficiency in everyday delivery routes," Workhorse says.

Meanwhile, its carbon-fibre and plastic N-Gen vans are being tested on roads in the San Francisco Bay Area.

They are said to weigh in at 5.5 tonnes with a maximum payload of 1 tonne, and join two other commercial vehicles in the Workhorse stable, the W-15 Pickup and the Step Van that has already featured in UPS livery.

N-Gens are reportedly to be used by an local package delivery firm Burns refused to name, which is leasing them from Workhorse’s distribution and service partner, Ryder System.

 

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