Production is set to start in Q3 2019
According to the latest news, the N-GEN production and initial deliveries will begin in the Q3 2019. Vehicles will be manufactured at the Workhorse's Union City, IN plant in partnership with Prefix Corporation. The partnership, described as strategic, includes final design, development and production.
"The two companies are now focused on building an underlying platform to support 1,200 ft3, 1,000 ft3 and a 650 ft3 capacity delivery vans. To streamline cost and increase production efficiency, all sizes will share a common cab and chassis configuration. The new delivery vans will be built on a low-floor chassis platform developed by Workhorse while Prefix will develop, build, and supply the 100% composite cab and body.
Production is scheduled to begin in Workhorse's Union City, IN plant in the third quarter of 2019 with deliveries beginning soon after.
Workhorse and Prefix have historically collaborated on real-world testing of several Workhorse prototypes, including previous N-GEN 450 delivery vehicles that were used in San Francisco, CA and Fairfield, OH. The proven-performance demonstrated by these test vehicles will inform the production of these new vehicles, incorporating features such as light-weighting the vehicle to improve mileage, performance, driver safety and reducing the burden of infrastructure requirements."
Workhorse CEO Duane Hughes said:
"This strategic partnership provides Workhorse with a proven partner that will allow us to remain on schedule to fulfill existing orders we have from our key customers like UPS and DHL. Through our previous partnerships with Prefix, we've already worked closely together and witnessed the quality of their work firsthand. With this new formal partnership in place, we'll be able to expedite production, and completion, of the industry's most innovative electric delivery van."
Eric Zeile, President of Prefix Corporation, added:
"Our new collaboration with Workhorse has been a natural progression, given that we've already previously designed and built several prototype cabs and bodies on the Workhorse electric chassis. We are thrilled to work alongside Workhorse in producing the most efficient, cost effective and technologically advanced last-mile delivery van."