Last Mile Delivery Leaning into Electric

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4Q 2018 | IN-5304


Moving Off the Line and Onto the Road


Commercial vehicle OEM Workhorse began production of its new N-GEN-1000 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) van with a 60-kWh battery pack, and a cost closely approaching those with an internal combustion engine (ICE).  The van offers a 100-mile range and Level 2 DC fast charge. UPS has already ordered 1,000 of the vehicles.  Workhorse aimed to produce 2,000 by the end of the year, with plans to grow to more than 10,000 per year.  Ryder Systems will provide maintenance and warranty support in the field.

Ford began assembly of its "Deutsche Post StreetScooter WORK XL" in Germany.  The vans are expected to support Deutsche Post DHL for parcel deliveries and come with an estimated 120-mile range and up to 76-kWh.  Ford plans to produce up to 3,500 annually.

BEV’s and Beyond


Numerous other companies in the logistics value chain including OEM’s, delivery services, drivetrain manufacturers, and technology providers are diving into this market, from t…

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