Cylindrical Lithium Ion Units for Both All-Electric and Hybrid Trucks
Workhorse has disclosed an agreement to use cylindrical 18650 lithium ion batteries from the Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Company of America for both its 100% all-electric E-100 delivery trucks and its range-extended E-Gen model.
“We are quite confident that Panasonic batteries are key to the performance of our electric trucks,” Workhorse CEO Steve Burns said in a release.
Workhorse, the former Amp Electric Vehicles, said too that its is “striving to evolve and grow the medium-duty truck market for alternative propulsion systems that reduce both the environmental impact and operating costs.
“Panasonic’s lithium-ion batteries feature the high capacity, durability and cost performance that will further help Workhorse differentiate their battery-powered electric vehicles,” the company said.
Panasonic’s 18650 cells are built into battery packs “sized to meet the routes that fleet customers require.”
UPS Is a Big Taker
Workhorse last year reported a UPS order for 125 of its E-Gen with Panasonic batteries and motors by Canada’s TM4. They’re to be deployed in Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida (F&F, September 9, 2015).
Workhorse is also supplying 18 of its all-electric E-100 trucks to UPS for routes in the Houston-Galveston Area (F&F, November 10, 2015).
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Source: Workhorse Group with Fleets & Fuels follow-up