Electric and hybrid cars, vans, and SUVs are infiltrating the automotive space, but trucks have been relatively safe from all but the mildest of electrification. Startup automaker Workhorse is looking to change this with its W-15 range-extended electric pickup.
When the oddly named truck manufacturer first announced the pickup, the details were scant, and the images were of nothing but a seat atop a chassis. Recently, the startup company revealed more concrete specifications and, more importantly, some images.
If you thought the Workhorse W-15 name was weird enough, then the looks will put that to shame. It looks almost like a Ford F-150 had a wild night with a Honda Ridgeline and a Dodge Dakota, and the resulting love-truck was the W-15. Yeah… it’s a little silly looking.
Despite its looks, the specs seem pretty legit. It’ll roll in boasting a 460-horsepower range-extended electric powertrain, but there are no details on what type of gasoline generator it’ll use. Electric range is estimated at 80 miles and total hybrid range is 310 miles. This adds up to a 75 mpg-e fuel economy rating in all-electric mode. In hybrid mode, the W-15 will hit 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg city.
All this greenness comes with decent capability too. It’ll hit 60 mph in a respectable 5.5 seconds, tow up to 5,000 pounds, and haul up to 2,200 pounds in its bed.
According to Motor1.com, the W-15 pickup is scheduled to arrive in 2018 with a starting price of $52,500.
While I have my doubts this pickup will ever become a reality, we’ll keep an eye out for updates.