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Workhorse Electric Pickup Truck Might Best Silicon Valley

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The all-electric bucket of bolts is priced at $52,000, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, and can travel up to 80 miles on a single charge. But the most remarkable aspect of the Workhorse pickup truck may be that it is not the product of a Silicon Valley startup or genius factory.

No, Tesla didn't come up with this one. Plus, the vehicle isn't geared at those who would like to boast that they're saving the environment while taking their non-chore-related truck out for a pleasure ride. There's a gas-powered generator available to recharge on the fly for longer trips.

According to PSFK, "The Ohio-based manufacturer Workhorse is most widely known to the general public for making UPS trucks and its electric car hopes to become a more cost-effective electric alternative to complement business fleets around the country."

Toward that end, the vehicle's power sources -- electric and gas -- can also provide fuel to power tools and work lights. For cost effectiveness, the truck's body panels are manufactured from carbon fiber composite, a lightweight and rustproof material.

PSFK adds that the company producing Workhorse has received letters of intent for more than 2,000 of the vehicles. Interested buyers include the Southern California Public Power Authority, Portland General Electric, and the City of Orlando.

Preliminary specifications suggest that Workhorse will boast 460 horsepower, fuel economy of 75 Miles Per Gallon-electric (MPGe) and 28 MPG highway and 32 MPG city when using the range extender. It has a payload capacity of 2,200 lbs. and a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.

Total One-Year Cost of Ownership is a little more than half of that for stock gas pickups.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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