Workhorse receives purchase order for all-electric, composite body delivery vehicle series
Purchase order for 6,320 C-Series delivery vehicles marks Workhorses’ largest individual order to date and expands its sales channel internationally into Canada.
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Workhorse Group Inc., (Loveland, Ohio, U.S.) a technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective drone-integrated electric vehicles to the last-mile delivery sector, announced on Jan. 4 that it has received a purchase order for 6,320 of its C-Series all-electric delivery vehicles — which are built with composite bodies — from Pride Group Enterprises (Ontario, Canada) a privately-held company with businesses in transportation equipment retail, wholesale, rental, leasing and logistics. The order is split between Workhorse’s C-1000 and C-650 models and is subject to various production and delivery conditions.
Inventory financing is being provided by Hitachi Capital America (HCA) as part of Workhorses’ previously announced strategic partnership with the company. Initial delivery of the vehicles may begin by July 2021 and will run through 2026. The delivered vehicles will be distributed through Pride dealerships for fleet use.
“Our new agreement with Pride marks our largest individual order to date and expands our sales channel internationally into Canada for the first time,” says Workhorse CEO Duane Hughes. “Our ongoing partnership with HCA continues to bear fruit as we gear up for scaled production in 2021. This large order solidifies our first-mover advantage and indicates the heightened interest in our last-mile delivery products.”
According to Pride Group Enterprises CEO Sam Johal, this partnership is one of the key steps the company has taken over the past year towards achieving its future target of 100% electric vehicles, including its recently finalized largest Class 8 EV order. “We are continuing to work on infrastructure to provide public charging stations at all of our locations as well as EV (electric vehicle) service, OEM warranty and parts across all major North America highways,” he says.
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