A New Electric ‘Workhorse’ Hits the Roads

By: DGI Wire

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(DGIwire) — The wheel is often heralded as one of humanity’s oldest and most important inventions. Its creation was an integral part of virtually every subsequent invention, especially those that have revolutionized transportation. The horse-and-buggy, Henry Ford’s first mass-produced cars, airplanes, motorcycles and those little Razor scooters kids ride around on—they all owe some thanks to our ancestors for carving out that first wheel.

Sadly, modern times have brought us a slew of inventions much less eco-friendly than the wheel, such as oil rigs and fossil fuel-burning engines. Now, after a long period of using and abusing our planet’s natural resources, our environment is suffering—so much so that myriad animal species have gone extinct, with many more endangered. And that’s not including the threat of climate change.

Transportation companies are typically some of the biggest offenders in terms of carbon emissions, since their whole business is contingent on making sure engines keep running and wheels keep turning. Now AMP Electric Vehicles, a Cincinnati, OH-based company, is changing the field for delivery vehicles. Its Workhorse line of trucks includes the W22 motorhome chassis and the W88 narrower-track, medium-duty truck chassis. There is also a wide range of fuel options for fleet buyers, including an ultra-efficient 100 percent electric drive train.

AMP’s Workhorse E-GEN™ truck has an extended-range electric drive and can double a company fleet’s average miles per gallon by using battery-electric power combined with a small internal combustion engine. It incorporates a small spark-ignition engine that drives the electric motor in generator mode to recharge the battery pack automatically if the charge falls below a certain level, the vehicle is in “park,” the key is out and the emergency brake is on. This means that during stops to make deliveries, the vehicle can be efficiently recharging.

Workhorse offers support through a network of more than 400 dealers and service centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. As well, Workhorse provides customers with warranties, replacement parts and service.

Steve Burns, CEO of AMP Electric Vehicles, says, “Our goal isn’t to reinvent the wheel—it’s to power it differently. We are committed to finding the best solutions for both energy efficiency and emissions, and we believe our electric trucks can be part of the answer. If we can help companies reduce their fuel costs while maintaining their excellent service, we’ve done our job.”

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