CINCINNATI, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- W.B. Mason Co., Inc., the second largest privately owned office products dealer in the United States, and Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, today announced that W.B. Mason will unveil the first of its new Workhorse all-electric, range-extended step vans. The vehicle will be available for media ride-and-drives from October 17th-27th at W.B. Mason's operation center at 647 Summer Street in Boston, Massachusetts.
"W.B. Mason prides itself on amazingly low prices, superior delivery and outstanding personal service," said Leo J. Meehan III, president and CEO of W.B. Mason. "Adding Workhorse E-GEN electric vehicles to our fleet promotes efficiency and an even better delivery experience for our drivers and customers."
W.B. Mason has announced plans to lease Workhorse E-GEN vehicles through Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation and supply chain solutions. 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's step vans will be deployed in early 2018 in the "Masonville" region covering the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States from Virginia to Maine.
"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."
Workhorse's E-GEN step van demonstrates 40 MPGe fuel efficiency in on-the-road applications, which reduces vehicle emissions by 75 percent and is six times more efficient than conventional step vans. E-GEN provides an average range of 120 miles on a single charge, with 60 miles all-electric utilizing Panasonic Li-Ion battery packs, and an additional 60 miles using the integrated BMW range extender. Workhorse's proprietary chassis design, powertrain, battery management system and real-time Metron telematics system provide reliable performance and optimize driver efficiency.
"Our partnership with Workhorse enables Ryder to offer strategic customers such as W.B. Mason the most innovative fleet solutions available in the market," said Scott Perry, chief technology and procurement officer for fleet management solutions at Ryder. "We're proud to assist W.B. Mason in the deployment of these first four Workhorse E-GEN step vans, and look forward to expanding the partnership in the years to come."
For more information or to schedule a ride-and-drive, contact Shaelyn Macedonio at [email protected] or (571) 329-3156.
About W.B. Mason Co., Inc.
W.B. Mason Co., Inc. was founded in 1898 and today is the second largest independently owned provider of office products to businesses in the United States. Headquartered in Brockton, MA, the company provides a huge selection of products for the workplace at competitive prices and customizes solutions to meet the needs of their customers. The company has roughly 3,600 employees serving over 300,000 businesses in the continental United States with annual sales of $1.76 billion. For additional information on W.B. Mason, visit www.wbmason.com
About Workhorse Group Inc.
Workhorse is a technology company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector. As an American original equipment manufacturer, we design and build high performance battery-electric vehicles including trucks and aircraft. We also develop cloud-based, real-time telematics performance monitoring systems that are fully integrated with our vehicles and enable fleet operators to optimize energy and route efficiency. All Workhorse vehicles are designed to make the movement of people and goods more efficient and less harmful to the environment. For additional information visit www.workhorse.com.
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder's stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the S&P MidCap 400® index. The Company has been named among FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. Inbound Logistics magazine has included Ryder in its "Green Partners" listing for nine years in a row. Ryder was also recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award and SmartWay Excellence Awards in 2014 and 2013. Ryder is a charter member of the NGV Fleet Forum and a member of the Department of Energy's National Clean Fleets partnership. Ryder is also a recipient of the 2011 NGV Achievement Award. A member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, Ryder is proud to support national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom and social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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