Workhorse W-15 concept previews plug-in pickup

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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.

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.

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.

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

Tesla Motors will be watching closely.

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