New walk-in van from Utilimaster

NOVI—Utilimaster, a business unit of The Shyft Group (Nasdaq: SHYF), has introduced its latest production-ready, purpose-built walk-in van.

The company is now taking orders for the new vehicle, called the Velocity F2. It’s built on an under-10,000-pound gross vehicle weight Ford Transit chassis.

Utilimaster expanded its product portfolio to include this Class 2 van to meet the rapidly growing global e-commerce and delivery markets.

“Our vehicle designs have always been a direct reflection of our clients’ specific needs and shifting industry requirements,” said Chad Heminover, president of fleet vehicles and services at Shyft. “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 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 to 700 cubic feet of cargo space capacity, and a corresponding payload range of 3,700 to 4,300 pounds.

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

Shyft Group, formerly known as Spartan Motors Inc., serves the commercial, retail, and service specialty vehicle markets through its Utilimaster, Royal Truck Body, DuraMag and Magnum, Strobes-R-Us, and Spartan RV Chassis brands, its Builtmore Contract manufacturing, and corresponding aftermarket products and services. The company employs about 2,900 people in plants and offices in Michigan, Indiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, California, Arizona, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico. More at

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