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TM4 Talks Up 500 Workhorse EV Orders

August 23, 2017 in delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sumo MD Powertrains for Battery & Extended-Range Trucks

Canada’s TM4 has disclosed an order for 500 of its Sumo MD brand electric drivelines for E-100 all-battery and E-Gen range-extended electric vehicles by Workhorse.

Workhose E-Gen extended-range EV chassis with TM4 motor

“Following last year’s supply of 150 systems,” TM4 says, “this order will fulfill Workhorse’s near-term powertrain requirements for the supply of more than 500 of E-Gen and E-100 delivery trucks to customers, which include UPS, FedEx Express and through Workhorse’s channel partner Ryder, Inc.”

Workhorse partnership with Ryder was announced at this past spring’s ACT Expo conference in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, May 6).

Lifetime Savings

“Last mile delivery vehicles are perfect candidates for electrification,” TM4 managing director Robert Baril says in a company release. “The unique E-Gen and E-100 vehicles developed by Workhorse save fleet operators an estimated $150,000 in total cost of ownership per vehicle over a lifetime of use, in addition to significant emissions reductions,” he said.

“TM4’s SUMO powertrain systems have demonstrated excellent performance, efficiency and reliability in our vehicles on the road,” said Workhorse Group CEO Steve Burns. “Our partnership with TM4, a world-class Tier 1 supplier, along with Panasonic and BMW [for batteries and range-extending fuel engine], enables us to produce a reliable, cost-effective solution for fleets at scale.”

Proprietary Chassis Design

The Workhorse E-100 all-electric, zero emission truck achieves 37.5 MPGe fuel efficiency, with an average range of 100 miles on a single charge depending on duty cycle, TM4 notes. The Workhorse E-Gen battery-electric extended range step van achieves 30 MPGe fuel efficiency, with an average range of 60 miles all-electric plus an additional 60 miles using the integrated BMW range extender, and reduces emissions by 75%.

Both vehicles utilize Panasonic lithium ion battery packs and incorporate Workhorse’s proprietary chassis design, powertrain, battery management system and real-time telematics system.

TM4 is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hydro-Québec utility.

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Source: TM4 with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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