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The VIA takes a Crew Cab V6 4x4 (if you didn't know you can select 2WD) which has a MSRP of just over $41K (although dealers will discount that by thousands and GM will usually throw several thousands more on in the form of incentives) and you get 30 miles of range (which is not EPA certified, using HVAC and a heavy foot will probably yield closer to 20 miles in 2WD mode)...Widely reported VIA charges $65K before the federal tax break/local incentives...

This thing has all the safety tech standard, a carbon fiber body and about 2.5 times the range in AWD yet is $12K less and is pretty unique looking (if that matters)...

I saw someone say to get VIA it's not so much that you need a business (easy to open a LCC) but that you need to get at least five...Workhorse appears to be fleet only as well, but maybe they'll let you buy a lesser amount?
 

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I've been following this for a while. Except for the back, looks like they stayed close to conception:



I realize this is not a consumer vehicle and the interior is fairly sparse. Still, hope to see this meet success.
 

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Bacardi;4020257 This thing has all the safety tech standard said:
It's not quite available yet either. Certainly worth keeping an eye on. Until they're being delivered, we don't know what they'll really have for specs.

I could manage with less than 460 hp and 5.5 sec 0-60 times.
 

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It all comes down to when they can start delivering in numbers. I won't be first in line, I'm not enamoured with the goofy look (why can't an ev truck look just like a regular truck_ but when they start shipping and the reviews start coming, I'll be watching with interest.
 

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Keep in mind this company is not new. They make other vehicles already. I blew them off until I found this out.

http://workhorse.com/about

AMP Electric Vehicles was established in 2007 as a developmental-stage vehicle electrification company. We first experimented with adding battery-electric power to two-seat roadsters.

In 2009/2010, Progressive Insurance sponsored a rigorous nation-wide competition for clean, “production-capable” vehicles. Our 100% electric GM Sky was the only mass-produced vehicle in the competition. All other vehicles were primarily prototypes or concept vehicles not suitable for driving on public roads. We were one of eight finalists in the Side-by-Side seating category. Our Sky achieved four times the fuel efficiency of an internal combustion equivalent with zero emissions (96 MPGe vs.19/24 city/highway for ICE version).

We followed the electrification of the Sky Roadster with the design and implementation of systems capable of powering larger vehicles. This led to the creation of electrification packages for the Chevrolet Equinox SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Mercedes Benz ML350. These development activities resulted in the successful execution of the concept for SUVs.

AMP Electric Vehicles went public in 2010 trading on the OTC market under the AMPD symbol. When the economic benefits of conversion became less certain, we pivoted away from passenger vehicles and began to focus on electrifying commercial vehicles. This led to a development agreement with Navistar, a major U.S. truck OEM. Under the development agreement, the initial project was to re-power a 1,000 cubic foot delivery van.

The first vehicle was delivered to them in August of 2012 and successfully passed Navistar’s requirements and performance test. Navistar’s top management changed at precisely the same time the project vehicle passed its performance test and Navistar tabled the electrification project. They did however, introduce us to their client and AMP began to work directly with the end-user. As part of the end-user’s requirement, the battery-electric test truck successfully passed a 4,000-mile durability test at TRC, Inc.’s automotive test facility in East Liberty, OH.

AMP acquired the Workhorse brand and the Workhorse Custom Chassis assembly plant in Union City, IN in March of 2015. The asset acquisition made the company an OEM and enables the company to manufacture new, medium-duty truck chassis in the 14,500 to 23,500 GVW class.

In addition to the plant assets, our exclusive arrangement with UpTime Parts, Inc. for logistical and spare parts support and our 400+ network of dealers provides AMP with unequaled nationwide support for our vehicles.


In March of 2015, AMP formally changed its name to Workhorse Group Incorporated (NASDAQ: WKHS).
 

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It's not quite available yet either. Certainly worth keeping an eye on. Until they're being delivered, we don't know what they'll really have for specs.

I could manage with less than 460 hp and 5.5 sec 0-60 times.
Very fair point although they're not taking money for a pre-order so that's good...I wouldn't buy one even if I could (could be bulk fleet orders only) but if they had a lease I'd totally lease one...It'd literally be the vehicle perfect if it qualifies for the CA HOV sticker and offered ACC...
 

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Keep in mind this company is not new. They make other vehicles already. I blew them off until I found this out.

http://workhorse.com/about
Yeah, this is a good point about Workhorse--one of the reasons to take their effort more seriously as they are not a pie-in-the-sky startup but an established company that already has contracts and deliveries of other fleet vehicles. They are also publicly-traded--although checking their stock will not make you more confident--they are trading in the $2s.
 

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I'm wondering about a couple of engineering choices like the air cooled/heated battery thermal management and the BMW sourced engine with less power than the Gen 1 Volt.
 

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Workhorse seems to be beating Via by about $15,000 on the ticket price. I could probably be convinced to buy one of these to tow a lightweight trailer to live in through my retirement years. I hope the Mercedes Sprinter can go hybrid plug-in soon. Workhorse stock is currently selling for $2.50 per share on $82.7 million in micro cap capitalization. Earnings per share is -$0.81, but share price is up 47.5% over the past 5 years. WKHS on NASDAQ.
 

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Workhorse seems to be beating Via by about $15,000 on the ticket price. I could probably be convinced to buy one of these to tow a lightweight trailer to live in through my retirement years. I hope the Mercedes Sprinter can go hybrid plug-in soon. Workhorse stock is currently selling for $2.50 per share on $82.7 million in micro cap capitalization. Earnings per share is -$0.81, but share price is up 47.5% over the past 5 years. WKHS on NASDAQ.
There are some key differences, while the VIA has some graphics, emblems and a different grill, fairly cheap and easy to make it look like a silverado or to customize it with a popular mesh grill but you simply will not standout unless you want to spend a lot to customize...

Workhorse WILL standout, many may not even know it's electric...Lower MSRP and standard safety features generally equal lower insurance and DMV fees, however carbon fiber vs a steel body based on the US's second best selling vehicle be change that...

Seemingly cannot yet obtain a VIA unless you're willing to purchased five and it appears that Workhorse seems to be fleet only as well, they also may not bother with non-Bulk orders...I emailed asking a couple of days ago, no reply yet but I'm sure they're very busy....
 

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https://www.trucks.com/2017/05/02/workhorse-electric-pickup-truck-production-launch/

Workhorse Group has collected about 5,000 nonbinding orders from large businesses and government agencies for its W-15 extended-range electric pickup truck, enough to begin commercially manufacturing the vehicle.

The Loveland, Ohio, trucks company announced its biggest order to date — 2,500 trucks from Ryder System Inc., the fleet management giant.

Ryder said Tuesday it would distribute Workhorse delivery trucks and an electric pickup truck in North America, as well as provide warranty and maintenance work.

The W-15, which is debuting as a drivable concept vehicle Tuesday at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif., has already attracted pre-orders or letters of interest from Duke Energy, the cities of Portland, Ore., and Orlando and more.

The orders would represent about $250-million worth of initial sales for the company. The trucks are priced at about $52,000 and are expected to be eligible for state and federal green vehicle incentives such as the $7,500 federal income tax rebate.

“We have enough pre-orders now to justify pulling the trigger and making a march toward production,” Stephen Burns, chief executive of Workhorse, told Trucks.com. “We wanted to make sure there’s an appetite, and it’s really encouraging to see the appetite that’s there.”

Now, the company is ready to build 30 preproduction vehicles for crash testing and to start lining up vendors for the manufacturing process. Production and delivery will start in the fourth quarter of 2018.
 

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Now, the company is ready to build 30 preproduction vehicles for crash testing and to start lining up vendors for the manufacturing process. Production and delivery will start in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Still feels glacially slow. And no love for regular folks living in the suburbs wit 2.3 kids, just fleets he municipailties for now?

While we're at it, where's VIA and their breakthrough truck? It seemed like they had a huge head start.
 

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At least Workhorse is reaching out to the non-commercials... http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?294577-Workhourse-truck-reach-out-to-non-commercial-buyers
...something VIA has never really done...:(
However...now they are saying...

“We want to cut our teeth on fleets,” he said. “It is a great way to put the truck into an environment where you know it will be successful.”

But he hasn’t ruled out eventual sales to consumers after Workhorse has developed a nationwide sales and service center network.

Beginning to sound more and more like VIA Motors...:(
 

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-q-workhorse-group-inc-2017-08-09

From 10-Q: WORKHORSE GROUP INC. (Published: Aug 9, 2017 9:04 a.m. ET)

W-15 Pickup Truck

The success of our E-GEN total-cost-of-ownership value proposition to fleet buyers of medium-duty vehicles encouraged us to bring this same philosophy to the much higher volume segment of light-duty trucks. Our first product offering in the light-duty truck environment is our W-15 Range-Extended Electric Pickup Truck, which is presently under development and is targeted for initial production to begin in late 2018. We believe that the W-15 has the potential to transform the pickup truck market in the United States.

We had a highly successful unveiling of our W-15 pickup truck in Long Beach, CA the week of May 1st, 2017. As part of the unveiling, we also announced that we had secured letters-of-intent for the W-15 from a mixture of top corporate fleets representing the utility, municipality and automotive logistics sectors. The LOIs represent more than 5,000 units.

We have also had many inquiries from general consumers with respect to the availability of the W-15 being sold to consumers. Our current plan is to release the W-15 for availability to consumers if we reach the point where at least 10,000 consumers place a pre-order that is accompanied by a $1,000 deposit.

To realize further efficiencies, we intend to assemble the W-15 at our existing 250,000 square foot facility in Union City, Indiana. This plant has the capability to produce more than 60,000 vehicles per year. The battery packs for all Workhorse vehicles will be built in our Loveland, Ohio battery pack plant using Panasonic cells produced in Japan.
 
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