Workhorse Group Inc. has received its first fleet order for the W56 step van from Mission Linen Supply, a California based, privately-held provider of products and services to hospitality, medical and industrial businesses, the EV manufacturer reported. The initial 15-vehicle order is expected to be delivered in 2024.
The W56 zero emission delivery work van is designed to meet the challenging demands of the commercial vehicle industry, supporting benchmark payload capacity of up to approximately 10,000 pounds and with a range of up to 150 miles, according to Workhorse.
“This purchase order marks an important milestone for Workhorse as we commercialize our purpose-built Class 5/6 vehicle,” said Workhorse CEO Rick Dauch. “Following the start of W56 step van production in September, we were able to deliver a fully outfitted demo vehicle to Mission Linen Supply in just six weeks. The W56 performed well in field tests and their team quickly saw that we have engineered an incredibly capable and reliable delivery van. We look forward to working with both our dealer partner, Kingsburg Truck Center, and the team at Mission Linen Supply as they electrify their fleet.”
The W56 step van also offers a 1,000+ cubic foot cargo box with lowered step-in and wide cabin door for easier entry and exit. Built with the delivery driver in mind, the cabin has been ergonomically designed while still providing safety and comfort during even the longest shifts.
“The W56’s advanced technology and features made it the right zero emission vehicle for us to add to our fleet,” Evelyn Scott-Phillips, senior manager for fleet and safety, corporate services at Mission Linen Supply, said. “From the start of our demo, we received superb support from the Workhorse team, and we were impressed by the vehicle’s performance in field tests. We look forward to receiving the vehicles in the new year.”