Last month Tesla announced that they will be building an electric pickup in a couple of years (give or take right?). Now we have an announcement from a different company making their own electric pickup.
Workhorse (who?), and Ohio based company, has thrown their hat into the EP (electric pickup) ring. This is interesting, an electric pickup with about 80 miles of electric only range (and 310 using the built in range extending gas engine). Can we really call this an EP or is it just a hybrid pickup?
Its the same argument as you would have with the Chevy Volt (or any other PHEV: C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi, Plugin-Prius, etc.). One distinction people frequently use is the question: “Can the gas engine directly drive the wheels?” In all the cases for passenger cars these days that answer is yes (The Volt has a way via some clutches, on the other cars the gas engine is directly coupled to the wheels via a planetary gear set). For this pickup it would appear the answer is no (it has two electric motors; one for each axle). That would make this qualify as an “EREV” (Extended Range Electric Vehicle).
The above is splitting hairs, though. I would purchase an EP if the opportunity allowed (provided it had the specs I’d like: 300 mile EV range, no gas engine, and “small” like an old Ranger–don’t really have a need for a full-size pickup).
This will be interesting to follow as well. The EP wars LOL.