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Workhorse Group says they have begun production of the NGEN delivery van. The NGEN is designed to satisfy the increasing demands of what the shipping industry calls, the last mile delivery. According to Business Insider this final segment of delivery date up 58% of the shipping costs. The NGEN is an AWD BEV capable of carrying a 6,000 pound payload in its 1000 cu ft cargo bay. It has a range of 100 miles, which may not sound like much, but enough to satisfy most of the current routes supported by last mile delivery companies like UPS and FedEx. Workhorse says going all electric saves 60% on fueling costs compared to diesel and these vans are comparable in price. I anticipate we will see a slow but steady changeover from petroleum based fuels to electricity in this segment of transportation.

Curious, the announcement only mentions the limited range BEV model. In the past Workhorse has said the NGEN will also be offered with the tiny BMW W-20 20 KW range extender. The W-20 is small but because the delivery trucks spend so much time at idle, they can satisfy the demands of even a large van. I guess battery costs have fallen so fast, it's not cheaper to add more battery instead of the range extender. Hopefully they will offer a variant of the NGEN to the public with a range extender powerful enough for sustained highway driving at full load. Such a package would make a great starting point for a motor home. Tons of electrical power for A/C, fridge, microwave, you name it with outstanding fuel economy and AWD.

Here's a link to the announcement

https://insideevs.com/workhorse-ngen-1000-electric-van-production/
 
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