Workhorse W-15 Electric Pickup Truck Receives Letters of Intent for 1,000 Potential Sales
U.S.-Built Truck Features 80-Mile Range, Range Extender Engine
Workhorse Group Inc., a company that currently builds gas-electric hybrid step vans, announced it had received interest in 1,000 examples of its forthcoming W-15 plug-in hybrid pickup truck. The Letters of Intent come from a variety of partners, including Clean Fuels Ohio; Duke Energy; Portland General Electric; the city of Orlando, Florida; and Southern California Public Power Authority.
The Workhorse W-15, like other electric pickup concepts, is a light-duty truck intended to perform many of the duties modern pickups can do. The company claims the W-15 will feature a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and a payload rating of 2,200 pounds, numbers that compare nicely to gasoline V-6–powered fullsize trucks.
Workhorse claims the W-15 will run 75 miles on a fully charged battery, after which a range-extending gasoline generator comes on board to recharge the Panasonic lithium-ion battery pack. The generator will likely be sourced from BMW, either the 0.7L I-2 from the i3 plug-in or the 1.5L turbocharged I-3 from the i8 sports car. We’re gunning for the latter, as the i3’s range extender occasionally offers sluggish performance after it runs out of electric range.
Workhorse will also fit the W-15 with a front and a rear electric motor, giving the truck a through-the-road four-wheel-drive system, as on the Tesla Model X. Impressive electric torque and gear-reduction capabilities should replicate the performance of a two-range transfer case, and the centrally located battery pack, axle-mounted electric motors, and claimed ground clearance of 11 inches will improve traction, weight distribution, and off-road performance.
The W-15 will be revealed in full on May 2, and it will be built in Union City, Ohio. Workhorse is hoping for a $52,500 MSRP, and the company’s factory has the capacity to produce 60,000 chassis per year.
Source: Workhorse Group Inc.