CINCINNATI, Nov. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Workhorse Group Inc. (Nasdaq: WKHS) ("Workhorse" or the "Company"), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective drone-integrated electric vehicles to the last-mile delivery sector, announced today that it has received a purchase order for 500 of its all-electric C-1000 delivery vehicles from Pritchard Companies ("Pritchard").
Inventory financing will be provided by Hitachi Capital America ("Hitachi Capital America" or "HCA") as part of the Company's previously announcedstrategic partnership with HCA. Vehicles will be distributed through Pritchard Companies' dealership locations across the country. Throughout its 107 years of operating history, Pritchard Companies has developed a robust national network of partners and is one of the nation's largest commercial vehicle distributors, selling over 30,000 units annually to customers across all 50 states.
"With this significant order and agreement from Pritchard, we can build upon our nationwide distribution network and expand the number of potential fleet customers that will be able to operate and own a Workhorse delivery truck," said Company CEO Duane Hughes. "Along with HCA's financing programs, Pritchard will be able to offer fleet customers a variety of flexible options to start using our last-mile delivery vehicles, lowering the barrier to entry for adoption and enabling total cost of ownership advantages from the outset."
"We see this initial 500 vehicle purchase as being the first of many future orders and look forward to growing with Workhorse in 2021 and beyond," said Ryan Pritchard, COO of Pritchard Companies EV Division.
"We appreciate the opportunity to be one of the first companies to commercially offer this state-of-the-art all-electric vehicle to our fleet customers and believe that the market acceptance will be resoundingly positive and swift," added Joe Pritchard, President and owner of Pritchard Companies.
"To us, the Workhorse C-1000 is a significant milestone in the electrification of last mile delivery trucks," said Kirk Mann, SVP & GM Transportation Finance at Hitachi Capital America. "We are proud to be the financing partner to this important electric vehicle fleet program."
The Workhorse C-1000 all-electric truck offers a lightweight design, creating maximum range from modular battery packs. The vehicle also features a low floor that allows easy access for the driver while facilitating loading and unloading. Workhorse recently became the first original equipment manufacturer ("OEM"), to have its medium-duty all-electric parcel delivery truck certified by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board thereby permitting the sale of the vehicle to all 50 U.S. states.
About Workhorse Group Inc. Workhorse is a technology company focused on providing drone-integrated electric vehicles to the last-mile delivery sector. As an American original equipment manufacturer, we design and build high performance, battery-electric vehicles including trucks and aircraft. Workhorse also develops 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.
About Pritchard Companies Established in 1913, Pritchard Companies is a national automotive enterprise, providing fully integrated solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. The Company owns and operates locations across the United States, representing the world's finest truck and bus manufacturers. They offer a full range of products, from sales of new and used vehicles to aftermarket parts and service, to financing, insurance, telematics, leasing and rental. Additional information about Pritchard Companies products and services is available at www.pritchardco.com.
About Hitachi Capital America Corp. Hitachi Capital America provides financing and services solutions that help businesses in the U.S. and Canada achieve their growth objectives. Our offerings include mobility supply chain solutions, retail and wholesale financing for work truck dealers, vendor programs for OEMs, inventory finance solution for technology dealers, structure finance solutions for a variety of projects and as-a-service needs, and asset-based lending and for a variety of businesses. In keeping with our social innovation focus, HCA strives to improve society by supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. We are proud to provide solutions that enable energy efficiency and mobility improvements for many business and organizations. For additional information visit https://www.hitachicapitalamerica.com/.
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