Workhorse Reveals PHEV W-15 Pickup With 80-Mile Range

Electric vehicle startup Workhorse has taken the wraps of its W-15 range-extended electric pickup truck.

The powertrain of the Workhorse W-15 delivers 460 hp and includes a petrol-powered range extender. When operating in all-electric mode, the W-15 has an 80-mile (129 km) range and an estimated MPGe range of 75 miles (121 km) over the combined cycle. It will also accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds. The W-15 has been designed for fleets, and the company says it has received 5,000 letters of intent from the likes of the Southern California Public Power Authority and Duke Energy to purchase the market’s first plug-in electric pickup.

Compared to the vehicle first previewed by renderings in late 2016, the W-15 does look slightly different. For example, the front fascia has been re-designed and no longer includes air intakes under the headlights. The wheels are also slightly different and the finished product doesn’t feature the integrated door handles as the original renderings suggested.

Workhorse plans to commence production of the W-15 in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will price the pickup at around $52,500.


  • I’mCallingYouOut
  • Infinite1

    Really ugly

    • Knotmyrealname

      The thing is, WHY does it have to be? Wasn’t it checked by any focus group before committing to the design? It must’ve been as it was shown on here some time ago and surely the feedback would have helped steer it towards a greater acceptance. I’m at a loss. To my eyes at least it’s shockingly ugly.

      • Infinite1

        I agree, there’s no reason why a Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius should look so ugly. I don’t know why Engineers decided that EVs have to look different from a traditional car.

  • Chad Gordon

    Is that “Will I Am’s” new GMC?

  • J. R. Bueckendorf

    It cannot hour a 5th wheel trailer. Useless to me.

    • BGM

      Perfect point. Days ago our benevolent overlord Elon Musk said he was going to build an electric tractor trailer. I said it would have a range of 5 miles while loaded. Some people didn’t understand the correlation between load and range. This… abortion of nature above is roughly 3 times smaller than a tractor trailer and has a range of 80 miles. Where am I going wrong?


  • Liam Paul

    Make a race version. Call it CrazyHorse

  • SgtBeavis

    Well, that looks like crap.

  • Benjamin B.

    Looks like a GMC Sierra underneath. The cab is the same as the one from the GM pickups.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    The front end needs help, the side view gives away its donor, and the back looks alright, at least to me. Keeping in mind its a pre-production version, there is still hope that the production version will look much better.

    • Matt

      A small company like Workhorse can’t afford to make expensive design changes this far down the track.

      ‘Pre-production’ basically means finished product, with the allowance for minor fit-finish tweaks and component adjustments only.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Correct, and that’s why it’s so important to get a good understanding of your customers and gauge their opinion of the aesthetics before you commit.

      • Subi-Rubicon1

        Yes this is true, however small tweaks can make all the difference.

  • LeftLanePrius

    They should make a diesel electric powered truck similar to a locomotive drivetrain. The generator would be able to power a worksite.

  • Bash

    Looks Chinese

  • Kash

    Not gonna fault them for the design too much, it’s their first try. Gotta give them time to work out the kinks.

    • Matt

      I disagree, they should have got the design right first time round. Otherwise, they may not get a second chance if the looks put off buyers.

  • Matt

    Looks like something you’d see in GTA to avoid licensing.

  • jon4uu

    And in the latest news, Eilo Motors is joining forces with the electric hybrid start-up Workhorse to fleece taxpayers out of millions of dollars by hyping their garage engineered vaporware…

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