Workhorse Group Inc., an Ohio-based company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, has announced that W.B. Mason Co. Inc., a major office products dealer in the U.S., is rolling out at least four Workhorse all-electric, range-extended step vans.
According to a Workhorse press release, W.B. Mason is unveiling the first of its new step vans this week, and the all-electric vehicle will be available for media ride-and-drives from Oct. 17-27 at the company’s operation center at 647 Summer St. in Boston.
“W.B. Mason prides itself on amazingly low prices, superior delivery and outstanding personal service,” says Leo J. Meehan III, president and CEO of W.B. Mason, in the release. “Adding Workhorse E-GEN electric vehicles to our fleet promotes efficiency and an even better delivery experience for our drivers and customers.”
According to the release, W.B. Mason will lease the Workhorse E-GEN vehicles through Ryder System Inc. Ryder, a provider of commercial fleet management and dedicated transportation and supply chain solutions, is the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse’s light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America.
“Our partnership with Workhorse enables Ryder to offer strategic customers such as W.B. Mason the most innovative fleet solutions available in the market,” says Scott Perry, chief technology and procurement officer for fleet management solutions at Ryder. “We’re proud to assist W.B. Mason in the deployment of these first four Workhorse E-GEN step vans and look forward to expanding the partnership in the years to come.”
According to the release, W.B. Mason’s step vans will be deployed in early 2018 in the “Masonville” region covering the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. from Virginia to Maine.
“W.B. Mason is a national leader in last-mile delivery, and their sophisticated body designs demonstrate their innovation in vehicles,” says Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse. “The adoption of Workhorse E-GEN step vans takes that innovation a step further with the integration of cutting-edge, sustainable electric transportation.”
Workhorse claims its E-GEN step van demonstrates 40 MPGe fuel efficiency in on-the-road applications, which reduces vehicle emissions by 75% and is six times more efficient than conventional step vans. The company adds that the E-GEN provides an average range of 120 miles on a single charge, with 60 miles all-electric utilizing Panasonic Li-Ion battery packs, and an additional 60 miles using the integrated BMW range extender. Workhorse’s proprietary chassis design, powertrain, battery management system and real-time Metron telematics system provide reliable performance and optimize driver efficiency, according to the company.
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