Workhorse Group Gets Letter Of Intent For Another 500 W-15 Electric Trucks

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The electric truck company Workhorse Group has received a letter of intent from Southern California Public Power Authority concerning the purchase of 500 W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks, according to a new press release from Workhorse.

The news follows the company’s receipt of letters of intent from a number of other major bodies, including Duke Energy, the City of Orlando (Florida), Portland General Electric, and others.

As we reported previously, the Workhorse W-15 light duty truck platform looks to be one of the first serious plug-in truck offerings out there, with the model reportedly possessing an 80-mile all-electric range (via the use of Panasonic 18650 Li-ion batteries, like Tesla uses in its vehicles). That’s enough to meet many users’ needs completely. For those that require more range, the gasoline generator will of course enter use.

The new model builds on the company’s previously developed E-Gen electric technology (used in its medium-duty delivery trucks).

A couple of other points to make here:

  • the truck is designed to allow owners to directly use the battery packs for powering/charging tools, thereby allowing owners to forgo the use of expensive and large generators;
  • the model will reportedly retail for around $52,500 (not bad at all);
  • the truck is being designed so as to be rated as “the safest pickup truck in America.”

“We will be testing the truck to confirm our expectation that the W-15 Electric Pickup may save utilities money over the life of the vehicle, when compared to a conventional gasoline-powered pickup,” stated Michael Webster, SCPPA’s Executive Director. “SCPPA and our publicly-owned utility Members are committed to sustainability, the safety of our drivers and the communities we serve. The Workhorse W-15 could assist in all of these areas by reducing emissions, as well as reducing fuel and maintenance costs.”

The Workhorse W-15 electric pickup will be officially unveiled a few months from now, on May 2, at the ACT EXPO show in Long Beach, California.

See our Workhorse archives for more info on the company.

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