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).

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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
source: Green Car Congress and Trucks.com