I In July 2016, Tesla announced that it would be in the Wanting to get into business with pickup trucks. But the electric Tesla truck is still a sketch. Elon Musk wants to announce more details in 2017.
Electric pickup comes in 2018
The US supplier Workhorse has also announced that it will build an electric pickup truck. The Cincinnati company builds battery-powered vehicles that are primarily intended for commercial use. The W-15 announced for 2018 will use the technology of the medium-heavy series, according to Workhorse. The pickup truck is almost six meters long, over two meters wide and 1.87 meters high. The wheelbase is 3.63 meters. The ground clearance is given as a good 30 cm. The payload should be a good ton, the trailer load 2.3 tons.
The Workhorse is powered by two 460 hp electric motors on both axles, which bring the pickup up to speed in just under 6 seconds 100 should bring. The lithium-ion battery from Panasonic, which is located in the center of the chassis, is supposed to provide power for a range of 80 miles, which is almost 108 kilometers. So that the pick-up does not break down after 108 kilometers, a petrol engine starts when the battery is empty and generates electricity. This should increase the range to a good 500 km. The chassis relies on independent suspension all around. The on-board battery can also be used as a power source for external electrical devices. Up to 7.2 kW are available here.
Formally, the electric five-seater with all-wheel drive in the front area is reminiscent of a Deutsche Post street scooter, the rear corresponds to classic pickups. The body is formed from composite materials and carbon fiber laminate. The interior of the double cabin relies on a fully digital cockpit with touchscreens as the user interface. The safety equipment of the Workhores includes an emergency braking assistant, a lane departure warning, Airbgas, a collision warning system and adaptive cruise control.
The electric drive with range extender should offer flexibility and reduce maintenance costs. Workhorse has already received inquiries from an energy company and the city of Orlando. So far, the company has mainly built small trucks for delivery traffic on the last mile. The Workhorse W-15 is expected to go into production at the end of 2017 and cost around $ 52,000. He is said to be qualified for the US $ 7,500 electric bonus. Allegedly there are already over 5,000 interested partieshave made a reservation. Deliveries will start in 2018. Two larger variants are planned later with the W-25 and W-35.
Pickups are bestsellers in the USA
In the USA, millions of pickups are made every year Trucks sold, the bestseller is the Ford F-Series with 460,901 units in the first half of 2016. Number two and three are the Chevrolet Silverado and the Dodge Ram with 332,202 and 254,902 units.