Half-Ton W-15 PHEV Pickup Is Unveiled at ACT Expo 2017,
Ryder System Is to Distribute & Service the Workhorse Line
Workhorse unveiled its half-ton W-15 PHEV pickup at ACT Expo on Tuesday, as Ryder System said it would serve as both distributor and support partner for the W-15 and other Workhorse products.
Workhorse has multiple triple digit orders from UPS for its extended-range E-Gen electric delivery vehicle, and is developing a drone aircraft – in testing by UPS – to facilitate package deliveries, especially in rural areas.
The company’s new W-15 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is designed to compete with the popular Ford F-150 and with GM and Chrysler 1500-series pickups. Letters of Intent are in hand for more than 2,000 units. The truck is to be priced at $52,500 MSRP.
Ryder said it will be “the exclusive maintenance provider for Workhorse’s entire light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicle fleet in North America and will provide a combination of warranty and maintenance services as part of Ryder’s SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio.
“Ryder will also serve as the primary distributor in North America for Workhorse’s E-100 and E-Gen range-extended medium-duty vehicles, as well as the W-15.”
‘Exclusively With Ryder’
“We commend them for their leadership and decision to partner exclusively with Ryder for their range-extended electric commercial vehicle maintenance needs,” Ryder global fleet management solutions president Dennis Cooke said of Workhorse.
“This relationship will help make electric commercial vehicles more affordable and reliable, so more businesses can take advantage of their environmental and efficiency benefits,” he said.
With Ryder SelectCare maintenance, “Workhorse will be able to maximize uptime, lower costs, and keep their customers’ businesses moving,” Ryder said.
“Ryder is the global leader in commercial fleet management, yet they’re incredibly agile and forward thinking, especially in their approach to transportation innovations and advanced vehicle technologies,” said Workhorse CEO Steve Burns.
“With Ryder, we can bring our leading-edge range-extended electric vehicle technology to a larger base of businesses that are looking to improve efficiencies, save on fueling costs, and get better performance from their fleets.”
The Workhorse E-100 and E-Gen medium-duty vehicles are available to customers in North America. The W-15 electric pickup truck is expected to be in production in late 2018.
Ryder has also pledged to distribute and service the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Class 8 truck in development by Salt Lake City-based Nikola (F&F, December 8, 2016).
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach