Workhorse Group continues to share positive news about its Workhorse W-15 range-extended pickup trucks with 80 miles of all-electric range.
The latest announcement is that Workhorse has gotten Letters of Intent from fleets for 2,150 units. We should note that these are not orders, per se, but still, at an expected MSRP of $52,500 that's $113 million on the table. That's enough for Workhorse to prepare for production.
Workhorse would like to build the W-15 in its Union City, Indiana plant, a facility with the capacity to build 60,000 chassis a year. Looks like it will be a long time until Workhorse makes use of its full capacity. The Letters of Intent have come from:
- Duke Energy
- Portland General Electric
- The City of Orlando
- Southern California Public Power Authority
- Clean Fuels Ohio
- One other utility
A drivable prototype will be unveiled at the ACT EXPO show in Long Beach, California on May 2nd. Fleet managers are invited to attend the show and go for a test drive.
"The W-15 has been designed to reflect features and benefits that we believe fleets want today. The W-15's safety features are expected to include an extra large crumple zone, and a lower center of gravity while still providing ground clearance.
A hi-tech design, the W-15 is also expected to offer crash mitigation technologies, including automatic braking and lane centering. Electric power will be supplied using Panasonic 18650 Li-on batteries. The truck's battery pack is expected to deliver 80-mile all-electric range and to achieve 75 MPGe while in all-electric operation. The 80 mile range is designed to cover the majority of the miles driven in a day by fleets. If needed, the on-board gasoline generator will then operate after battery power has been depleted, extending the range. To reduce weight, the W-15's body panels are made of a carbon fiber composite which also have the benefit of being rustproof
The Workhorse W-15 light duty platform design is an extension of the E-Gen electric range extended technology used in Workhorse medium-duty delivery trucks. This existing medium-duty, delivery truck business has demonstrated low Total Cost of Ownership and dramatically reduced emissions."
Steve Burns, Workhorse CEO said:
"We believe the W-15 will be the first electric plug-in pickup made in America by an OEM. Fleets look at total cost of ownership for their vehicles and we are very encouraged by the number of fleets that the positive feedback we have received with respect to the economics in owning W-15s as part of a fleet."
"The W-15 is to be designed offering safety, efficiency, advanced technology and sustainability. We feel the reception we've seen from fleets shows that these features and benefits are all things that fleets are looking for in their pickup truck vehicles."