As a part of Nationwide Drive Electrical Week, the Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group displayed their prototype W-15 EV pickup truck on the native Cincinnati occasion. TTAC obtained some extra info on the way forward for this pickup, in addition to a flip behind the wheel.
Come take a look.
We reported on the W-15 again in Could of this 12 months, with a subsequent article on a possible retail aspect for this initially fleet-only truck.
Workhorse is now sure it’s pursuing each fleet and retail gross sales, relaying its present manufacturing deadlines on the EV occasion. The corporate’s intent is to start out manufacturing for current fleet orders within the latter a part of 2018, with retail models starting in 2019. The corporate will assemble the truck in its entirety throughout the former Navistar plant in Union Metropolis, Indiana.
The prototype at the moment sits on a Silverado chassis, with a physique largely composed of carbon fiber. Workhorse indicated manufacturing fashions will use a Workhorse chassis, and that physique composition is as-of-yet undetermined. Nevertheless, if the corporate plans to stay to their beforehand introduced worth of $52,500, a carbon fiber-intensive building appears unlikely.
The finalized cab form may even differ from the prototype. Whereas initially designed for fleet use, the four-door cab doesn’t have rear legroom retail prospects would contemplate acceptable for a crew cab pickup. Workhorse assured me the manufacturing cab can have greater than six inches of extra rear legroom. The mattress lift-over top on the sides may even see a lower.
The finalized inside gained’t appear like this. Per the Workhorse consultant on the occasion, the prototype wears an inside of principally custom-fitted panels, which provides as much as too many particular person components for cost-effective manufacturing. I acknowledged simply a few elements of GM origin.
The vary extender discovered within the remaining model may even differ from the embryonic W-15. Whereas the corporate needed to make use of the identical two-cylinder vary extender as discovered within the BMW i3, engineers concluded the small engine didn’t present the type of vary required for the W-15. To that finish, Workhorse is at the moment growing a brand new vary extender in cooperation with BorgWarner and Mercedes-Benz.
A take a look at drive across the perimeter of the decrepit Tri-County Mall was quick, however yielded just a few primary impressions. It was definitely uncommon to really feel a automobile of that measurement collect velocity with solely a slight whirring heard within the cabin. Steering and brakes responded as you’d count on — in a “truck” method. The twin inside shows (iPads) have been not charged by the truck’s energy, and the screens have been turned off on the time of my take a look at drive. Thus, velocity and energy info was not accessible.
It was additionally bit nerve-wracking to think about I used to be piloting the solely instance the corporate has, which price them a number of million to develop. No strain.
On the one straight stretch, the place the Workhorse consultant inspired me to open up the throttle, a middle-aged HR-V driver determined to drive about 12 miles per hour in entrance of me. I didn’t get a lot of a possibility. The W-15 does construct velocity fairly properly, although maybe not according to expectations for the claimed 460 electrical horses unfold to all 4 wheels.
The approaching 12 months ought to convey far more solidification of the Workhorse W-15’s future. Because it stands now, they’ve obtained quite a lot of fleet orders to fill and vital product finalization choices to make. We’ll be watching. Extra photographs might be discovered within the gallery beneath.
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