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Published on May 8th, 2019 | by Frugal Moogal


Workhorse Lordstown Plant — What’s Going On?

May 8th, 2019 by  

If you follow electric vehicle news at all, it was hard to miss the news earlier today that GM is working with Workhorse on a potential sale of its Lordstown Plant. GM sent out a press release stating that the plant would be taken over by Workhorse and “an affiliated, newly formed entity.”

For many, the news seems shocking, and various news reports explained what Workhorse did. Their stock doubled on the news.

What they all missed is I think what this factory might be for … and it seems while this information was news just yesterday, no one made the link.

The article is from Fox News about how USPS is about to choose a new delivery truck to start replacing the Grumman LLV trucks that went out of production in 1994. Of the five finalists to deliver 180,000 trucks in the next five to seven years, Workhorse, along with VT Hackney, is one of the finalists to be chosen. Here’s how the article describes the collaboration:

Commercial truck specialist VT Hackney has teamed up with electric vehicle outfit Workhorse on a battery-powered prototype that could potentially spawn a plug-in hybrid using technology Workhorse has been developing for a pickup.

The VT Hackney / Workhorse collaboration is the only truck in the running that is electric. Also note: “A specific type of powertrain was not specified, but the cost of operation is part of the assessment.”

I’m not going to spend time explaining why electrification is a perfect fit for the post office and its predictable routes, for vehicle downtime parked at one location in between those routes, but it sure seems to me like electric trucks might be a good fit. Doesn’t it?

Workhorse N-GEN Workhorse N-GEN Workhorse UPS prototype

All images courtesy Workhorse

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A businessman first, the Frugal Moogal looks at EVs from the perspective of a business. Having worked in multiple industries and in roles that managed significant money, he believes that the way to convince people that the EV revolution is here is by looking at the vehicles like a business would.

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