Utilimaster in Novi Debuts Velocity F2 Walk-In Van for Cargo Haulers

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Utilimaster has unveiled its latest production-ready purpose-built walk-in van, the Velocity F2, built on a Ford Transit chassis. Photo courtesy of The Shyft Group

Utilimaster, a business unit of the Shyft Group in Novi, has unveiled its latest production-ready purpose-built walk-in van, the Velocity F2.

Built on a sub-10,000-pound gross vehicle weight Ford Transit chassis, the Velocity F2 combines nimbleness, comfort, and fuel efficiency with the cargo space, access, and load capacity similar to a traditional walk-in delivery van, according to Utilimaster.

The company is taking production orders now.

Utilimaster has expanded its product portfolio to include this Class 2 purpose-built walk-in van to meet the rapidly growing global e-commerce and delivery demand. As the leading manufacturer of last mile delivery vehicles, Utilimaster and The Shyft Group fulfill a segment void with the market ready purpose-built Velocity F2.

“Our vehicle designs have always been a direct reflection of our clients’ specific needs and shifting industry requirements,” says Chad Heminover, president of Shyft Fleet Vehicles and Services. “Right now, our customers are asking for a solution that allows them to scale their delivery fleets quickly, in light of the ecommerce explosion, without sacrificing load capacity or efficiency.

“The Velocity F2 gives parcel delivery fleets the flexibility they need to activate a large driver pool, service more customers, and maintain longer routes, consistent with increased demand.”

Benefits, according to Utilimaster, of the Velocity F2 supplementing leading parcel delivery company fleets include:

  • The total cost of ownership and operation is lower than Class 3-6 vehicles.
  • Drivers of Class 2 vehicles do not need a commercial driver’s license to operate.
  • Ease of compliance with Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements.

Additional features include better fuel economy, improved safety step heights, lightweight aluminum sidewalls, 600-700 cubic feet of cargo space capacity, and a corresponding payload range of 3,700-4,300 pounds.

The Velocity is also offered in a Class 3 (GVWR 14,000) vehicle, available on both the Ford Transit (Velocity F3) and the Mercedes Sprinter (Velocity M3) chassis. For more information on the Velocity lineup, visit here.

In Related News, Utilimaster says it continues to meet the growing home delivery fleet vehicle demand with its purpose-built last-mile-delivery class 1-7 vehicles. Utilimaster’s product line includes walk-in vans, cargo van upfits, and truck bodies.

The flexibility of the Utilimaster lineup, the company says, allows retailers and parcel delivery companies alike to create fleets around their specific customers’ delivery needs. The full suite of Utilimaster delivery vehicles incorporates safe, ergonomic designs that deliver optimal driver productivity across a variety of cargo load and capacity specifications.

Written by Tim Keenan for dBusiness magazine.