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Workhorse W-15 concept previews plug-in pickup

Workhorse W-15 concept previews plug-in pickup image

Nica Onate / Workhorse | November 15, 2016 09:45

W-15 looking to be first range-extended plug-in pickup built from ground up

Workhorse recently announced the EV pickup truck concept called Workhorse W-15, which uses a combination of Panasonic batteries and a range extender generator.

"We feel the extended range capability from the combination of Panasonic batteries and an on-board generator, will deliver the performance that fleet managers expect from a work truck," said Steve Burns, Workhorse CEO.

Rear quarter of the Workhorse EV pickup concept sketch

The pickup truck is described as a light duty platform powered by Panasonic 18650 lithium ion batteries with a 60 kWh power pack. This equates to about a 130 km range.

The company did not provide further details about the range-extender generator. However, it will most likely be fitted with the same 647cc, two-cylinder BMW W20 engine (from the i3) applied in the delivery vans. The pickup truck will most likely produce an output of 272 PS and 2,196 Nm of torque.

A side profile of the Workhorse EV's inner workings

In addition to these, it also features a pair of electric motors found on the front and rear axles, which provide four-wheel-drive.

The W-15 could turn out to be the safest pickup truck on the market, says Workhorse. Given that it has no engine up front, the pickup provides a larger crumple zone than the conventional.

A detailed view of the Workhorse W-15 EV's powertrain

Duke Energy and the City of Colorado municipal fleet are already showing their interest toward this project.

Tesla Motors will be watching closely.