Workhorse W-15 Plug-In Electric Pickup Trucks Headed To SCPPA

3 months ago by Mark Kane 10

Workhorse W-15

Workhorse W-15

The Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) intends to purchase a whopping 500 Workhorse W-15 electric pickup trucks. The Workhorse Group announced receiving a Letter of Intent from SCPPA, the latest in a list that includes Duke Energy, Portland General Electric, and the City of Orlando.

What we know about the W-15 can be read here. The public unveiling of the W-15 will be conducted at the ACT EXPO show in Long Beach, California on May 2nd, and it will include driving opportunities for fleet managers. The price of the W-15 is expected to be $52,500.

The truck will be equipped with double direct drive powertrain for AWD and battery pack (made from Panasonic 18650 cells) good for up to 80 miles of all-electric range. A range-extender supplied by BMW will further enable 310 miles of driving in hybrid mode.

“The Workhorse W-15 light duty platform design is an extension of the E-Gen electric technology used in Workhorse medium-duty delivery trucks. With expected all-electric 80-mile range using Panasonic 18650 Li-ion batteries, the battery pack is expected to cover the vast majority of miles driven in a day by fleet owners of locally driven trucks. If needed, the gasoline generator will then operate after battery power has been depleted, allowing the driver unlimited range to complete the days’ tasks. Once production commences, we expect the W-15 to have a $52,500 MSRP. The W-15 electric pickup trucks demonstrate SCPPA’s continuing commitment to a green, sustainable fleet.”

“The W-15 will also feature the ability for utility fleets to power equipment directly from the battery power source, allowing a work crew to complete their tasks without having the truck running.”

Michael Webster, SCPPA’s Executive Director said:

“We will be testing the truck to confirm our expectation that the W-15 Electric Pickup may save utilities money over the life of the vehicle, when compared to a conventional gasoline-powered pickup. SCPPA and our publicly-owned utility Members are committed to sustainability, the safety of our drivers and the communities we serve. The Workhorse W-15 could assist in all of these areas by reducing emissions, as well as reducing fuel and maintenance costs.”

Steve Burns, Workhorse CEO said:

“We discussed the needs of utilities and designed the W-15 to meet those needs. We believe this will be the first plug-in range-extended electric pickup truck built from the ground up by an OEM in America. Our existing electric medium duty, delivery truck business has demonstrated that low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is compelling to fleets.”

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10 responses to "Workhorse W-15 Plug-In Electric Pickup Trucks Headed To SCPPA"

  1. Michael Will says:

    Hurry up ford, if you won’t do it somebody else will

  2. pjwood1 says:

    Thinking how Chicken tax brought BMW to play where the domestics would have canibalized. This market evolution somewhat mirrors Deutshe Post’s, where automakers stop looking pro-free market.

    Sad, that it takes industries of scale, to do what consumers could’nt without regulation.

  3. Bradley Goldman says:

    Gotta love the market. Great announcement and the stock is still tanking.

    1. realist says:

      Bradley, the market reconizes that the engineering expense and capital investment for designing, building and homologating a new pickup exceed WKHS’s current ability to spend by more than an order of magnitude.

      The company did a 1-for-10 reverse split in December and then issued 6.5M shares shortly thereafter. That $20M that they raised to keep the lights on will be all gone long before the chunky CAD drawing on the web site even starts to become an actual “design”.

      And there is nothing special about the Workhorse technical portfolio.

      I never give trading advice to anyone, but in this case I’ll break silence: if you hold the shares of WKHS or are “long” in any way with an options position, get out while you can.

  4. John says:

    I wonder how hard it would be for a consumer to get their hands on one of these…

    I’ve wanted a PHEV truck since I bought my Volt nearly 4 years ago. I’m surprised and saddened that Chevrolet hasn’t used the tech elsewhere.

    1. Kosh says:

      Me too, my 18 year old Dodge is ready be replaced by green!

      Wonder if we can organize a group purchase “fleet” ?

  5. DangerHV says:

    I was wondering what Panasonic was going to do with all their cell manufacturing capacity once Tesla ramps up Gigafactory production. Now I know. @ $52,500 they can sell a massive amount of these trucks!

  6. Ron M says:

    Who is the company building this Truck and where’re?

  7. realist says:

    OK, so I’ll be the realist here because I am.

    WKHS is not capable of executing this product. They have insufficient funds and knowledge to design and build a brand new pickup truck. They have no capitalization to do the job. The price point is impossibly low.

    It’s never going to happen.

  8. Nick says:

    Electric is so much simpler, you’re going to have other manufactures beating the established OEMs to the punch.

    These vehicles could be SO much easier to service and deal with.

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