Workhorse NGEN-1000 Electric Van Enters Production

OCT 17 2018 BY MARK KANE 9

Workhorse NGEN-1000: 100 miles of range and 6,000 lbs of payload

Workhorse announced the start of initial production of an all-new grill-less NGEN-1000 light-weight electric delivery vehicle at its Midwest plant.

According to the press release, the van’s curb weight is 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg), it can take up to 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg) of payload and offers 1,000 cubic ft. (28 m³) of cargo space. The battery pack of undisclosed capacity enables it to drive 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge.

Workhorse notes its ultra-lightweight design with curb weight less than one-half of what a traditional diesel step-van weighs. The maker says pricing will be on par with comparable diesel trucks. However, an exact price wasn’t mentioned.

“Management believes this weight reduction, coupled with the 100-mile range, will have cost-savings implications that will make the EV alternative to traditional fleet delivery vehicles all the more appealing.”

“The lightweight design allows for 100-mile range, with a smaller battery pack than previous designs, thereby reducing the cost of the vehicle significantly. The smaller battery pack also reduces the cost of the charging infrastructure for the customer.”

Workhorse intends to offer four versions with 250, 450, 700 and 1,000 cubic feet of cargo space.

We are especially interested in the powertrain, as Workhorse states all-wheel drive with hub motors in front. We assume that in the rear there is a single motor for rear axle (so, a total of three motors).

Stephen S. Burns, CEO of Workhorse said:

“For as long as I can remember, we’ve been discussing what the future of delivery looks like and what role electric vehicles will play in that. We are proud to say – the future is here. With an off-the-lot cost on par with traditional fuel delivery vehicles, and substantial savings from there, we believe the NGEN will forever change the business of delivery as we know it.”

Workhorse NGEN-1000 spec:

  • Up to 6,000 lbs (2,722 kg) payload, curb weight is just 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg), 10,001 lbs GVWR
  • 1,000 cubic ft. (28 m³) cargo space
  • All wheel drive
  • 100 miles (160 km) all-electric range
  • 50 MPGe
  • Level 2 (J1772) DC fast charge (CCS)

Features include:

  • Low floor with 7.25″ ground clearance, making loading and unloading easier, and entry and egress safer
  • Hub motors in front provide tighter turning radius than comparable vehicles
  • All-Wheel drive provides surefooted handling in inclement weather conditions
  • Composite construction, enables a lightweight and rust-free body
  • 6,000 lb carrying capacity, robust enough for even the heaviest loads
  • Ergonomic driving position fits drivers from 5’2″ to 6’5″ comfortably

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This looks like a de-grilled first generation Transit Connect with elongated rear.

More importantly, (a) when is it coming and to (b) what markets, and (3) what’s the expected production rate and (4) proposed price?

That’s great- now what happened to the W-15 pickup truck??

If I read between the lines, this uses the platform to be used for the W-15 but without the range extender.
If that’s true, combined with the fact that they have existing business with van/step-van customers, would make a very logical product evolution path.
Given no one else has revealed a production intent pickup, Workhorse is not late in any sense of the word.

You sure about that last sentence?
“is just weeks away from debuting his company’s first two creations at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show. They’re a full-size pickup and three-row SUV that are set to go on sale in 2020 and shouldn’t have much competition when they do.

Never said they were late. I was meaning you don’t hear a WORD about the W15 anymore.

Very odd that they claim a vehicle is already entering production but don’t give more detailed specs (motor power, battery capacity ); all of that should have been long since finalized.
Also how do they test to determine range? Giving range for a commercial delivery van with driver-only isn’t very useful. What’s the range at GVWR, and at half the payload?
Also, is the NGEN not available with a range-extender, like it was announced it would be (and IIRC, that’s what they delivered ot FedEx and UPS)?
Also surprising is the lack of multiple battery options.

This looks pretty good for the most part, but if it is a BEV how is the MPGe only 50?

50 MPGe and 100 miles range implys the battery will have a useful capacity of about 67 KWH.

I’ve always thought the NGEN will use the same powertrain as the W-15. I may be wrong as I think the W-15 used two of the same traction motors at the front and rear, reportedly Borgwarner 230 HP motors with vectored torque. This announcement says hub motors will be used on the front wheels.

Steve Burns recently said Workhorse is changing from a stainless steel frame to a composite fiber frame on the W-15 to save weight and money. I wonder if the NGEN also has the composite fiber frame?

I wish the NGEN had a range extender like the one used in the W-15, it would make a great motor home.

Previous press releases of theirs mentioned it, and IIRC at least some of the vans they sold (for pilot programs) to UPS, FedEx etc. did have them. Their main website page for the NGEN still mentions it, but the specs don’t. Odd.