November 25th, 2016 by James Ayre on Clean Technica
Following that news, the company has now revealed that it will be unveiling a working version of the W-15 electric pickup work truck concept, with range extender, at the upcoming ACT EXPO conference in May 2017. We’ll have a reporter there to get the full rundown.
The ACT EXPO conference will be take place in Long Beach, California, from May 1st through 4th. The company will be found at Booth #1435, where company engineers will reportedly be on hand for Q&A.
The press release provides more: “The new Workhorse W-15 light duty platform design is an extension of the E-Gen electric technology used in Workhorse medium-duty delivery trucks. With an expected 80 mile battery range using our proven battery packs, the Workhorse W-15 light duty design expects to provide economical, clean and powerful performance. If needed, the on-board gasoline generator will then operate after battery power has been depleted, allowing fleet drivers unlimited range to complete the days’ tasks.”
Interestingly, the company claims that one of its goals during development was to make the W-15 the safest pickup truck on the market. Owing to certain peculiarities of electric vehicles — such as a low center of gravity (via floor-mounted battery packs) and room for an extensive crumble zone where the engine would have been — that is probably very doable.
Interesting news. We’ll keep you updated as more is revealed.