The Workhorse W-15, built in Ohio, costs about $10,000 more than a gas-powered truck, and has an 80-mile all-electric range with extended mileage capabilities.
If you ever saw the documentary, ''Who killed the Electric Car?'' you may recall that one of the tragic heroes of that tale was the poor little Ford Ranger that had been converted into an electric vehicle. Decades later, the elecric pickup could be about to make a triumphant return, thanks to an Ohio based company called Workhorse.
Another perk being touted by the manufacturer is that the truck can serve as a jobsite power source. With a 7.2 kW battery hookup, it can recharge electric tools all day long.
The vehicle is designed for commercial fleets, not individual buyers, and models are only available for presale now. In other words, like Tesla's promised electric pickup, you can't get one yet When they finally do go on sale, here are their specifications.
Vehicle Specifications (estimated)
|POWER and RANGE|
|0-60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds|
|All-Electric Range||80 miles|
|Hybrid Range||Unlimited (310 miles per tank)|
|MPGe All Electric Miles||75|
|MPG with Range-Extender||32 highway, 28 city|
|SAFETY / COLLISION AVOIDANCE|
|Extra large front crumple zone|
|Low center of gravity for improved handling|
|True all-wheel drive (AWD)|
|Lane departure warning|
|Payload Capacity||2,200 lbs.|
|Towing Capacity||5,000 lbs.|
|Double Cab/ Standard Bed Configuration||Seating for 5|
|Composite body with carbon fiber|
7.2 kw power export that allows tools to be plugged directly into the battery power source without the truck running