CINCINNATI, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of battery-electric vehicles headquartered and manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio, today announced it has received a Letter of Intent from Clean Fuels Ohio to partner with Workhorse to help deploy 500 W-15 Plug-In Electric Pickup trucks throughout the state of Ohio.
Having already received Letters of Intent from Duke Energy, Portland General Electric, the City of Orlando, and Southern California Public Power Authority, Clean Fuels Ohio is the latest Letter of Intent Workhorse has received from fleets and organizations. While not a fleet itself, Clean Fuels Ohio engages numerous fleets across Ohio on transitions to cleaner vehicle and fuel options.
With the goal of being the safest pickup truck in America, the W-15's safety features are expected to include an extra-large crumple zone, and a lower center of gravity while still providing ground clearance. The W-15 is also expected to offer crash mitigation technologies, that include automatic braking and lane centering. Powered using Panasonic 18650 Li-ion batteries, the truck's battery pack is expected to deliver all-electric 80 mile range, covering the majority of miles driven in a day by fleets. If needed, the on-board gasoline generator will then operate after battery power has been depleted, extending the range.
"As a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalition, Clean Fuels Ohio advocates a wide range of cleaner fuels and technology options such as natural gas, propane, electric drive, efficiency, biofuels and hydrogen. The W-15 will be a key part of our efforts to engage fleets across Ohio in adopting electric vehicles," said Sam Spofforth, Executive Director, Clean Fuels Ohio. "We feel the Workhorse W-15 will offer safety, efficiency, advanced technology and the sustainability measuring sticks that many Ohio business and government fleets are looking for when making fleet decisions."
The Workhorse W-15 light duty platform design is an extension of the E-Gen electric technology used in Workhorse medium-duty delivery trucks. Once production commences, the company expects the W-15 to have a $52,500 MSRP. Workhorse plans to make the W-15 in their Union City factory, which has the capacity to assemble 60,000 chassis a year.
"We are excited about the appetite we see from fleets for this vehicle. The number of vehicles spoken for to date has exceeded our expectations," said Steve Burns, Workhorse CEO. "Our existing electric medium duty, delivery truck business has demonstrated that low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is compelling."
The W-15 electric pickup will be unveiled at the ACT EXPO show in Long Beach, California on May 2nd. Fleet managers are invited to attend and drive the working W-15 which will be at the show.
Fleet managers who would like additional information are directed to contact Jeff Esfeld at email@example.com or 206-228-5400.
About Workhorse Group Inc.
Workhorse Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), is a U.S. – based original equipment manufacturer of medium duty EPA-approved battery-electric delivery vehicles and fully integrated truck-launched, FAA compliant unmanned aerial systems (UAS) delivery drones. Workhorse trucks have historically been sold to the largest fleets in the USA and Canada for last-mile delivery and related uses.
For additional information visit www.workhorse.com
About Clean Fuels Ohio
Clean Fuels Ohio is a state-wide, non-profit organization dedicated to improving air quality and health, reducing environmental pollution, strengthening Ohio's economy, and enhancing our nation's energy security by promoting and encouraging the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles. As a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalition, Clean Fuels Ohio has remained the "go-to" resource for assistance with implementing alternative transportation solutions.
For more information visit www.cleanfuelsohio.org
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