Office products dealer W.B. Mason has taken delivery of its first Workhorse electric, range-extended step van, leased through Ryder System.
The Workhorse E-Gen electric vehicle has an average range of 120 miles on a single charge and reduces vehicle emissions by 75% compared to a conventional step van, according to the company. The vehicle has a proprietary chassis design, powertrain, battery management system, and real-time Emtron telematics system.
"Adding Workhorse E-Gen electric vehicles to our fleet promotes efficiency and an even better delivery experience for our drivers and customers," Leo J. Meehan III, president and CEO of W.B. Mason.
The powertrain combines a lithium-ion battery pack and a BMW 2-cylinder gasoline engine that is used in the BMW i3 to extend the range of the vehicle. The step van will operate on electric power for the first 60 miles, and the gasoline engine can double the range to 120 miles.
Ryder is the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse’s light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America.
"W.B. Mason is a national leader in last-mile delivery, and their sophisticated body designs demonstrate their innovation in vehicles," said Steve Burns, chief executive officer 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."