Utilimaster revealed its new Velocity R2 walk-in van. Utilimaster, a go-to-market brand of The Shyft Group’s Fleet Vehicles & Services business unit, is North America’s leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly,
and upfit for last-mile parcel delivery, as well as the broader commercial, retail and service specialty vehicle
markets. This new Velocity offering provides the comfort and agility of a cargo van with the cargo space and
access of a walk-in van, improving the driver experience and optimizing delivery speed. Vehicle prototypes
have already undergone the customer testing process, and production on a leading parcel delivery customer
order of more than 2,500 units is expected to be completed later this year.
“We designed the Velocity product line in 2020 to meet the unprecedented demand for last-mile delivery and
created an entirely new segment in the market,” said Chad Heminover, President of Shyft Fleet Vehicles &
Services. “Following the success of the Velocity F2 – our first Class 2 offering – we took the best of that vehicle
as well as elements from our Velocity M-series design to
create this new world-class walk-in delivery van.”
The Velocity R2 van built on the modern Ram Promaster
cutaway chassis, is engineered with drivability, fuel efficiency
and payload capacity in mind. Its proprietary Work-Driven
Design® results from decades of engineering and ergonomics
studies conducted to improve the efficiency and usability of
walk-in vans and cargo van upfits for vocational fleets in the
parcel, linen, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, delivery
segments. Its Class 2, under 10,000 lb GVWR designation
makes the R2 the ideal option for many delivery fleets because
its lower GVWR allows fleet managers to avoid costly DOT
requirements associated with heavier vehicles, does not require a commercial driver’s license and takes
advantage of superior flexibility, given the ease of navigating urban streets.
Exterior rivets have been eliminated to provide fleet owners a seamless canvas for marketing logos, and the
cargo area features both fixed and foldable shelves that ensure packages are delivered securely to customers.
Large bulkhead and passenger doors provide greater access for even faster deliveries, and the rear storage
area’s low step-in height maximizes efficiency when entering and exiting.
The van is equipped with the latest in driver-centric safety technology, including a 360-degree camera system,
HD monitor and back-up sensors and alarms. The R2 is available in a 12-foot body with 610 cubic feet of
storage and 2,500 pounds of payload.
Learn more at TheShyftGroup.com