Workhorse C650 electric step van

Workhorse develops new step vans

Feb. 24, 2020
C650, C1000 electric last-mile delivery vehicles designed to offer same cargo capacity as legacy vans while shedding weight

Workhorse Group recently unveiled newly designed all-electric step vans.

The US technology company, which focuses on developing sustainable and cost-effective electric vehicles for last-mile delivery, said it planned to highlight the new step vans during the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis IN.

The new C650 and C1000 vans were designed to “set a new standard in design and efficiency for the last-mile delivery segment,” Workhorse said, with both the 650- and 1,000-cubic foot vehicles weighing approximately 12,500 pounds fully loaded. The company was able to decrease the vehicles’ curb weights while providing the same cargo volume capacity through a lightweight, composite monocoque construction method.

“A combination of lightweight design, modular battery pack and a 4-wheel independent suspension system with rear air shocks makes our new C650 unlike any electric vehicle on the market,” said Duane Hughes, Workhorse CEO.

Workhorse C Series vehicles are powered by a modular battery pack system that provides between 35 kilowatt hours (kWh), when equipped with two battery packs, and 70 kWh in its standard four-pack configuration, empowering customers to choose the right energy requirement for specific duty cycles, the company said.

Depending on the size of battery pack installation, range is expected to be between 100 and 150 miles on a single charge, while achieving approximately 53 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Workhorse added that it also currently has the only patent approved for a delivery truck-mounted drone system, which has been shown to further increase last mile efficiency.

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