Workhorse released photos of its W-15 pickup truck prototype, which without a load (or pesky extras like a frame) is like a rocket according to Stephen Burns, founder and CEO.
"Drivers will have to shift into a “beast” mode to have full access to the speed, he said. That way someone won’t accidently take off at an unsafe speed while towing equipment."
The range-extended vehicle will have 80 miles of all-electric range and decent acceleration of 5.5 seconds 0-60 mph. Also, a 7.2 kW power export is one of the most handy features of the future pickup.
The ground clearance is to be about the same as in a standard pickup, with towing capability and payload targeted respectively at 5,500 pounds and 2,200 pounds.
Some 2,150 units have been ordered (non-binding) through Letters of Intent from fleets, with an expected price of $52,500 (MSRP).
Workhorse W-15 (Workhorse via Trucks.com)
Unveiling of the Workhorse W-15 is scheduled at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California on May 2, while production will be launched in 2018.
In theory Workhorse will enter plug-in pickup market before Tesla's all-electric truck, of which CEO Elon Musk recently stated is still some 18-24 months out; meaning the company has a small window in which to execute its plan.
Workhorse W-15 spec:
- 80 miles of all-electric range, 75 MPGe fuel efficiency in all-electric operation
- 460 system horsepower (343 kW), double motor, AWD
- 0-60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds
- automatic braking, lane-departure warning
- composite body with carbon fiber
- double cab
- standard bed configuration
- 7.2 kW power export that allows tools to be plugged directly into the battery power source without the truck running