ELECTRIC CARS

W-15, the electric pickup with a carbon fibre body

Workhorse intends to build this model in its Union City, Indiana plant, a facility with the capacity to build 60,000 chassis a year

"We believe the W-15 will be the first electric plug-in pickup made in America by an OEM," said Steve Burns, Workhorse CEO. Workhorse Group Inc. (WKHS), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of battery-electric vehicles. Its new project, an electric pickup, has been unveiled in its almost-ready production guise.

Workhorse intends to build the W-15 in its Union City, Indiana plant, a facility with the capacity to build 60,000 chassis a year. Subject to development, regulatory approval and financing, once production commences, Workhorse expects the W-15 to have a $52,500 MSRP.

A hi-tech design, the W-15 is also expected to offer crash mitigation technologies, including automatic braking and lane centering. Electric power will be supplied using Panasonic 18650 Li-on batteries.

The truck's battery pack is expected to deliver 80-mile all-electric range and to achieve 75 MPGe while in all-electric operation. If needed, the on-board gasoline generator will then operate after battery power has been depleted, extending the range.

To reduce weight, the W-15's body panels are made of a carbon fiber composite which also have the benefit of being rustproof.

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