Workhorse Group lifted the curtain on its all-electric W56 Class 5-6 step van, a brand new zero-emissions automobile that contains a custom-made chassis and an ergonomically designed driver’s cab space.
The W56 was rolled out at a March 8 press convention on the NTEA Work Truck Present in Indianapolis. First deliveries of the brand new truck are slated for late this yr.
“The W56 marks the primary official automobile designed and produced underneath our revamped workforce and is the fruits of many hours of arduous work mixed with course of enhancements applied over the previous 18 months,” mentioned Workhorse CEO Rick Dauch.
“This automobile incorporates the in depth on-road learnings of our legacy autos and improves upon these fashions with a brand new custom-designed chassis, demonstrating the caliber of vehicles that we are going to produce for years to return,” he continued.
Dauch mentioned that with Workhorse’s “transition from a know-how startup to a pioneering industrial EV OEM,” the corporate is wanting ahead to beginning manufacturing and making preliminary deliveries later this yr. He famous that the W56 has accomplished piloting package deal deliveries by working with UPS.
He emphasised the event work that has gone into the W56, declaring that together with leveraging current Workhorse designs, 9 million plus miles of service time on the highway helped inform the engineering of the brand new battery-electric truck.
It will likely be supplied in numerous configurations tailor-made to fulfill work truck purposes.
The W56’s custom-designed chassis is fitted with an e-axle that Workhorse mentioned offers larger driveline effectivity and lowered upkeep. Battery voltage is 718-725v and connectors assist Degree 2 AC (20kW) and Degree 3 AC/Dc (100kW) charging.
The Class 5-6 automobile helps what Workhorse calls “benchmark payload capability” of as much as roughly 10,000 kilos whereas delivering a single-charge vary of as much as 150 miles. The W56 additionally gives a big cargo field of over 1,000 cubic ft. The truck’s Class 6 GVW ranking is 23,000 kilos.
The van additionally options lowered step-in and a large cabin door for simpler entry and exit. Constructed with the supply driver in thoughts, the cabin has been ergonomically designed whereas nonetheless offering security and luxury throughout even the longest shifts, in response to the corporate.
Earlier this yr, Workhorse introduced it was discontinuing its all-electric C-1000 supply autos so it might focus its sources on advancing its product roadmap for the W4 CC, W750, and W56 autos. Learn extra from HDT sister model Work Truck Journal.