UPS buys 950 electric delivery vans from Workhorse

Fleet operators are beginning to make the transition from pilot EV programs to serious orders, and UPS is leading the way. Big Brown has just ordered 950 N-GEN electric delivery vans from Cincinnati-based Workhorse. In February, UPS announced plans to deploy a test fleet of 50 N-GEN trucks, so the latest purchase brings its N-GEN fleet to an even thousand.

Workhorse and UPS have been working closely together over the last four years to develop the new Class 5 trucks. The companies say they are comparable in acquisition cost to legacy trucks with no subsidies, and improve fuel efficiency by nearly 400%.

Workhorse’s N-GEN electric van has a range of 100 miles, and an optional gas range extender engine can add another 75 miles. It’s geared toward urban deliveries, but the company has plans to develop additional configurations for telecom/municipal applications and larger 700-cubic-foot and 1,000-cubic-foot versions, for production in late 2018. Workhorse hopes to put 2,000 electric vans on the road by the end of the year.

The Workhorse fleet is only one of several electrification initiatives at UPS. The brown behemoth recently deployed 35 custom-built electric delivery trucks in London. In New York, it’s working to convert up to 1,500 delivery trucks to electric drive. It has also ordered 125 Tesla Semis and several of Daimler’s new FUSO eCanters.

 

Source: Workhorse, Electrek

  • Dennis Worley

    Wow ……Its [the EV revolution] is really happening!

    • Mia

      My same reaction! So cool

  • Terry Robb

    The savings in fuel and maintenance is huge. Most who drive gas cars are unaware or like throwing their money at petrol and mechanics. Also brake repair and replacement go away with EVs. There is a 2012 Volt over 400,000 miles original brakes and battery. Just found out the Volt battery can be recharged 6000 times that is long time of charging if one charge a day

    • wnewna

      You are right. I am on my 5th EV and the fuel and service costs are fraction of IC’s. The next milestone is when car buyers realize that a solar array the size of a one car garage or standard parking space can produce 50 miles of clean, pure EV driving – eliminating 2 gallons of gasoline every day. The average car travels 37 miles/day.

      • Terry Robb

        Thanks for agreeing with my comment. Most do not agree about EVs where I live. However I have had too many breakdowns with vehicles under 100,000 miles. Also on every gas car are brake repairs. One new truck back in the 90s had to have pads replaced at 28000 miles. My 2012 Volt at 100,000 miles the tireman says brakes show no wear. Some have said that imports are better. I disagree 2 coworkers had Toyotas engine failure at 100,000 miles. All gas engines will fail compared to an electric motor.