first_img Just about everyone in the logistics business is rolling out electrified vans. EV Maker Workhorse wants to help companies make the switch, and the model they’re offering up has a pretty cool trick up its sleeve.Delivery companies that want to fully modernize their operations can order the N-Gen van with a roof doubles as a flight deck for drones. Workhorse has been developing this rooftop drone dispatching system since 2015. They call it (wait for it) HorseFly.The van itself maybe isn’t as sexy as a Tesla or a Vortex GT-EV, and that’s fine. This is a hard-working van designed to help hard-working men and women get things done — while reducing their carbon footprint at the same time.The new N-Gen can be equipped with a 700 or a sprawling 1,000 cubic foot box. It can cover 100 miles on a single charge, and Workhorse sells an optional range extender for those who want to maximize time between recharges. Its tight, 26-foot turn radius is better than any other van in its class, according to Workhorse.Workhorse has already convinced at least one major shipping industry player of HorseFly’s potential. Back in September, UPS and WorkHorse teamed up on a public demonstration of the system. When the van comes to a stop, its cargo is loaded up, the roof hatch opens, and the drone flies off to make the delivery. When it’s done, it returns to the van for its next assignment.The drone allows for more efficient use of the van driver’s time. They’re capable of reaching speeds of 50MPH, can lift a parcel weighing up to ten pounds, and are designed to make deliveries within the FAA’s prescribed 2-mile line of sight radius.Workhorse is already working to secure FAA approval, and the company is hopeful that HorseFly will be making commercial deliveries this Christmas season. Stay on target San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksWorld’s Largest All-Electric Ferry Launches in Denmark center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img