Last year, we saw Workhorse Group demonstrate its Horsefly for the first time. The Horsefly is an autonomous drone that launches from the roof of a delivery truck to take a package to its final destination. At the time, it seemed like implementation would be a long way off, but last week, Workhorse announced the its Horsefly has begun delivering packages as part of an FAA-approved pilot trial in Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati.
Even though it's a few months late from the CES 2018 target date, SureFly, part of Workhorse Group, has finally run a flying test of its hybrid-electric helicopter. The company also recorded the test flights in the video above. The company touts that the flight is completely untethered and was an FIA sanctioned flight. It all seems like it's getting much closer to production.
Workhorse Group, the electric vehicle startup working on everything from a plug-in hybrid pickup truck to a prototype replacement delivery truck for the U.S. Postal Service, has teamed with a New York-based company to deliver its first zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell delivery van to FedEx.
Workhorse Group has experience electrifying trucks. It has been providing hybrid delivery vehicles to the likes of UPS, has introduced a range-extended electric work pickup, and is in the running to supply the powertrain for the next U.S. Postal Service mail truck. Now, the company has launched an electric delivery van called the N-Gen, which offers an optional range extender and delivery drone.
The U.S. Postal Service is currently looking for a replacement for the venerable Grumman LLV delivery truck. We've seen two possible replacements, one from Karsan, and another from OshKosh. There are four other companies that have prototypes under consideration, too, including AM General, Utilimaster, Mahindra, and VT Hackney. Now the prototype from VT Hackney has finally been spied, and it looks pretty interesting.
It's expected to cost $45,000 after federal tax credit.
Workhorse makes a bigger delivery EV with an automated drone to go the last mile.
Reinventing how we move people and products around is a big job.
"It's the most complicated thing we've done."
The arms fold, meaning you can store it inside a garage.
It could be a PHEV pickup for the public.
It can carry over a ton of cargo.
Workhorse's electric pickup is due in 2018.
If any California company is wavering on a decision to buy Amp Holding's new all-electric utility vans, the state is certainly ready to tilt that decision in Amp's favor.