Workhorse Group is exhibiting its new W-15 range-extended electric pickup during a six-city tour that kicked off May 29 at the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition in New Haven CT.
“When we set out to create the W-15, we wanted to create the best pickup truck for fleets, and it just so happened to be electric,” said Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse, a commercial transportation technology company.
The W-15 was expected to start its tour at the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition in New Haven CT, then visit the RIPWA Ride and Drive on May 30 in Warwick RI, with more stops May 31 at the City of Boston Mass DOT & City of Framingham in Boston MA, June 1 at the Green Your Fleet! Workshop in Concord NH, and June 3-5 at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg VA.
The tour will conclude at an event in New York City in late June.
The Workhorse W-15 light-duty design is based on the same platform technology used in the Workhorse N-GEN electric delivery van, and is the first plug-in range-extended electric pickup truck built from the ground up by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in America.
With an expected 80-mile all-electric range using Panasonic 18650 Li-ion batteries, the battery pack will cover the majority of miles driven in a day by fleet operators. If needed, the range extender will activate to continuously charge the batteries, allowing additional unlimited range to complete the day’s tasks.
The W-15 also will feature the ability for workers to power equipment directly from the vehicle’s batteries without the vehicle running, which allows a crew to complete their duties without an external power source.
With the goal of being the safest pickup in America for fleet operators, the W-15’s safety features include an extra-large front crumple zone and crash mitigation technologies, including automatic braking and lane centering.
Once production commences, the W-15 is anticipated to have a $52,500 MSRP.