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Workhorse unveils W-15 pickup

The world’s first plug-in electric pickup has an 80-mile range

US-based Workhorse Group has unveiled its long-awaited electric pickup truck, the W-15, at the ACT EXPO Conference in Longbeach, California.

Believed to be the first plug-in, range-extended electric pickup truck built from the ground up by an OEM, the range-extended W-15 is perhaps the first true electrified challenger to the ubiquitous Ford F-150. With 460HP, front and rear motors providing all-wheel drive and a towing capacity of around 2,250 kg it should provide enough power to satisfy the requirements of the average pickup user.

Strictly speaking, the W-15 feels more like a hybrid. A Panasonic li-ion pack provides 80 miles of all-electric range, but a sizable ICE “range extender” carries this up to 300+miles. The W-15 uses the company’s E-Gen electric technology from its other medium-duty delivery trucks.

Still, the battery pack also takes the pickup into new realms of utility. A 30-amp, 7.2kW outlet in the side of the chassis will allow users to run power tools directly from the vehicle – making it an ideal choice for fleet or construction work.

The Expo also saw Workhorse announce a service and maintenance deal with Ryder system. The agreement will cover Workhorse’s entire light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicle fleet in North America.

Ryder will also serve as the primary distributor in North America for Workhorse’s E-100® and E-GEN® range-extended medium-duty vehicles, as well as the W-15.

A 7.2kW outlet allows users to power tools directly from the battery pack.
A 7.2kW outlet allows users to power tools directly from the battery pack.

“With Ryder, we can bring our leading-edge range-extended electric vehicle technology to a larger base of businesses that are looking to improve efficiencies, save on fuelling costs, and get better performance from their fleets,” said Stephen Burns, Workhorse founder and CEO. “Ryder is the global leader in commercial fleet management, yet they’re incredibly agile and forward thinking, especially in their approach to transportation innovations and advanced vehicle technologies.

Workhorse’s mission statement is to make the W-15 the “most economical, safest and lowest emissions pickup truck in America.” It’s early days, but it seems off to a pretty good start.


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