UPS To Order As Many As 950 Additional Workhorse Electric Vans

JUN 15 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

UPS placed the largest order for electric delivery trucks in the U.S., purchasing up to 950 Workhorse Class 5 N-Gen electric vans.

UPS Workhorse E-GEN Delivery Truck confirmed the news with UPS’ spokeswoman.

According to the article, UPS participated in the development of the vehicles and secured itself by requiring that the vehicles match the performance figures provided. If not, then the order could be terminated at any time.

Deliveries are expected to begin in September. Pricing of the electric vans, rather surprisingly, expected to be comparable to conventional vans, so it’s anticipated that through 20 years, each will generate savings of some $170,000. However, we need to note that any calculations of costs over such long periods are just guesses.

UPS previously announced a trial of 50 electric Workhorse vans, so we believe that the initial results must be satisfying.

Workhorse E-GEN spec:

  • weigh 5,500 pounds
  • 1,000-cubic foot cargo bays and can carry about 5,000 pounds of payload
  • 60 kWh battery
  • up to 100 miles (160 km) of range
  • $6 to travel 100 miles

UPS operates more than 300 electric and 700 hybrid vehicles, including three FUSO eCanter.


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10 Comments on "UPS To Order As Many As 950 Additional Workhorse Electric Vans"

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These vans must have massive regen gains from all stops being mades.

Wondering where the author got the specs though, I checked the E-GEN specs on the Workhorse website and they indicated weight of 19,500 lbs for the van, electric range of 60 miles, and total range of 120 miles. Is the purchase for the E-GEN (which is pictured in the article) or the N-Gen?

WOW! That’s moving strongly past the small test fleet of EV delivery vehicles which UPS and FedEx have been using. It looks like UPS is finally moving toward electrifying its fleet! Here’s hoping that FedEx will soon follow. Sadly, the U.S. Postal Service will likely lag behind for many years or even decades.

As I keep pointing out: As soon as fleet operators are convinced EVs will work for them and will have a TCO savings large enough to overcome any uncertainty they feel about the technology, the dam will burst. Delivery services, school districts, etc. that run large fleets of vehicles with highly predictable routes and conditions will leap into EVs and adopt them much more aggressively than consumers have. Fleets buy based on spreadsheets, not emotions.

One of the big sellers, besides all the obvious O&M savings, will be controlling their charging infrastructure. At the end of the school day, the buses return to the district’s garage and they start charging. No need for on-site storage of toxic liquid fuel, no need to stop at gas stations.

Affordable (in the TCO sense) EVs are a fleet operator’s dream come true.

Oops, that was premature of me; I missed the weasel words “up to 950″. 🙁

In the headline they’re not even present. Really sloppy journalism. Who cares if the heading isn’t really true, it’s “corrected” (subtly!) in the ingress…

Reworded title for clarity. Thank you.

Anyone know how Workhorse is doing with W-15 development? Haven’t seen anything recently, here or elsewhere. There were claims that their cash flow was a problem, and that they don’t really have enough money to go into volume production.

Given the current promotional tour, it looks to me like they are trying to attract more investment money. I hope they succeed!

Wow, this is becoming reality quicker then I thought it would

Really happy about this. I wish Workhorse the very best. One heck of an inspiring company.