Workhorse Group Plans Electric Pickup

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If the Workhorse Group — an Ohio-based battery-electric powertrain and drone developer — has its way, there will be a new half-ton pickup truck with an electric-driven powertrain for sale in less than two years.

The Workhorse Group already has several electric delivery vehicles used across the country with the same powertrain technology it plans to use for the Workhorse W-15, the company's name for the pickup that will target medium and large businesses. Duke Energy in North Carolina has already signed a deal to order at least 500 of the trucks.

The W-15 will be similar in strategy to VIA Motors' hybrid pickups that use Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra crew-cab platforms into which VIA installs its own proprietary V-6 gas generator to charge the battery packs that allow the pickups to run on electric power via two electric motors.

According to Workhorse, the plug-in hybrid electric crew-cab pickup will have four-wheel drive, offer a gross vehicle weight rating of 7,200 pounds, a payload more than 2,000 pounds and deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles per tank with an 80-mile all-electric range. Workhorse hopes to sell this five-passenger pickup for around $50,000. Of course, hitting that price will be difficult when factoring in manufacturing and production costs — unless the company finds a deep-pockets partner with a plant filled with robotic machinery.

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$50,000? Try $75,000...
I certainly wouldn't want one as a general-purpose pickup.
Might be good for contractors doing local work.


Nitro should buy one, so he don't need to pull his Ford trucks home with his camaro anymore HAHAHAHA!

Nitro should buy one, so he don't need to pull his Ford trucks home with his camaro anymore HAHAHAHA!
Posted by: johnny doe | Nov 30, 2016 11:20:01 AM


looks like Workhorse will be using the same tech that the automotive technology leader "GM" uses in their Chevy Volt. Dependable, reliable alternative to being 100 % dependent on fossil fuels. This truck isn't range limited like a full electric vehicle is. Notice they are using the efficient square wheel well opening technology as GM uses, very smart and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Looks like someone finally figured out how to make the F150 snout look better.

If workhorse manages to bring this vehicle to market, Ford fleet sales will get hit pretty heavy. Ford needs more options for buyers than the same old boring full size designs they currently have.

Aesthetically pleasing, now that's a good one! Ha.

Now just reduce the snout by 12" and you'll have a fullsize the length of a midsize!

It actually looks refreshing & shaky GOVT motors should take some tips in design instead of sticking to their butt-ugly boxy, square wheel wells design...LOL

It actually looks refreshing & shaky GOVT motors should take some tips in design instead of sticking to their butt-ugly boxy, square wheel wells design...LOL

Posted by: Lionel | Nov 30, 2016 3:10:49 PM

Did you actually look at the pictures? It's pretty much a mix match of Silverado and Colorado, other then them butt ugly Ford tails glued on to back.


other then them butt ugly Ford tails glued on to back.

Posted by: johnny doe | Nov 30, 2016 4:04:18 PM

I agree, those taillights don't work well on any vehicle, especially a Ford.

Saw this news a few weeks ago. In pure electric mode, it's equivalent to 75 mpg. For daily commute, 80-mile electric range is plenty for most. Once the gas generator (BMW 4-cylinder) kicks in, it averages 30 mpg.

There are 2 electric motors -- one up front and one in back providing 4wd, similar to some Tesla models. With electric motors, 100% torque is available at 0 RPM, perfect match for truck use. The gas generator never drives the wheels directly. It only charges the battery.

I agree $50k is very hard to achieve given the paper specs. But if they could pull it off, don't forget the $7,500 federal tax credit which essentially makes the truck $42,500 for most buyers, minus any additional State incentives.

And don't forget the 2,000 lb payload capacity which is more than most light-duty pickups. I haven't seen any towing numbers yet. As for comparing to VIA, this has it beat in every way, at least on paper. VIA would be shaking in their boots if this comes to pass.

Oh, forgot to mention it also has a frunk (front trunk) like the Teslas.

I must admit the Superduty dually inspired wheel wells are sexy, even for an old man.

Don't bother with a hybrid. That's an idea from the last decade. It's obsolete on delivery. Go full electric and be done with it.

What they forget to mention is the cost to replace the batteries when they go out, and the added weight of all the batteries. I'll stick with my internal combustion engine.

Ryan, GM batteries never fail. Buy a Chevy Colt and you will never breakdown.

I believe a 2000 lbs payload is better than any current half ton. 2 power sources. Sounds like a great idea for a truck. Except for the absence of a traditional grille, that is a great looking truck.

@ GMSSUCKS; thanks for posting a shaky cheby on fire HAHAHA!! u go, another one;

No fronk if the internal combustion engine is in front, but it does looked like the engine is rotated like in front wheel drive designs. So maybe a fronk, but then where does the cooling fan go. Just too much speculation and guessing with all this preannounced stuff.

"Frunk" is mentioned as a standard feature on WorkHorse's own website here:

Remember, since the gas engine does not drive the wheels, and being a small-ish 4 cylinder, there is some freedom on where and how they could mount it.

The frunk, while adding more storage, also serves as a huge front crumple zone in case of accidents. Tesla has proven this added safety benefit over the years. I suspect that's also why it has no real front grille because the trunk is right behind it.

But as you said, it's still too early to tell what if anything makes it to Production. One assurance is WorkHorse has already used a similar drivetrain setup in their existing delivery vans for UPS, FedEx, DHL and others. They very well could just pull this off, but the $50k entry still sounds too aggressive.

I'll sometimes put 200 miles on my truck in a single day being a contractor. Let me know when they get it right.


First 80 miles = 75 mpg

Rest 120 miles = 30 mpg

Combined average over 200 miles = 48 mpg

What is wrong with that?

I believe there's a couple half tons that have over 2000lb payload but I think their like a max tow add on or something...I think ford has almost a 3,000lb payload with the max tow option but I'm not 100 percent sure on that though. Lol


Yea sure they never fail and the Titanic was unsinkable, I'm staying as far away as I can from GM products thank you very much.

After all the hype surrounding the VIA motors flop, I'll believe it when i see it. As to via motors, has anybody found evidence that they have actually delivered any? I know they are not intending to sell to the general public. But complete silence about sales and deliveries has me thinking sales don't exist.

Via Motors has in fact delivered trucks and vans. Most have gone to utility companies and other large fleet buyers.
They're still new, and aren't targeting individual buyers. They have a solid product, but their costs are still too high.

This truck will be unibody with subframe?

I woukd take this anyday over any other pick up truck even at 70k with
No maintance and cheaper to run plus no stress in shops.. Makes it work i want one :)

This had me up well past midnight reading everything I could find online about it. I found this article which goes into depth about why this company may not be all it is cracked up to be. I would like to see take it for a hands on test drive with a 2,000 lb. payload and see how that goes, just for starters. This does beg the question why haven't GM, Ford, and Toyota been more aggressive in offering a hybrid truck and preferably in a 3/4 ton. I need a truck with at least 2,500 lb. payload and preferably 3,000 lbs. Getting 10 - 12 mpg carrying a load in a $50K current model 3/4 ton pickup that is going to be obsolete in five years when capable electric vehicle alternatives will be available has me holding onto my money.

This post makes a lot of sense indeed and I appreciate the work

This post makes a lot of sense indeed and I appreciate the work

Very interesting and informative post. Thanks.

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