BMW tech powering US delivery trucks

Last week we reported on a new home/office application for BMW’s electric car technology, now reports from the US that the BMW technology is also helping keep hybrid delivery trucks moving.

Workhorse Group Inc. produce hybrid delivery trucks that are popular with delivery companies such as UPS, they’ve just started adding the same range extender to their vehicles that you can option in a BMW i3 electric car.

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The tiny 647cc two-cylinder petrol engine supplies enough electricity to keep the delivery vehicles up and running, with an absolute minimum emissions and fuel use.

Workhorse founder and CEO Steve Burns says the BMW range-extender (or REx) is perfect for the application.

“The use of the BMW REx will further strengthen our customers’ fuel efficiencies and maintenance savings while continuing to eliminate range anxiety often found with battery-electric vehicles,”

“We are excited and very proud to be integrating the integrity, character and proven performance of the BMW REx powertrain into our Workhorse E-Gen vehicles.”

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  1. With all the pollution especially in China, why isn’t Workhorse pursuing contacts in those areas to develop truck fleets? Also, it would appear that with a speedy ROI, every delivery company should be at least testing the Workhorse product. Why aren’t they?

    • They are but it isn’t headline news. This company is the the first innings. There is an established relationship with UPS and a largest ever purchase order of electric trucks with them. There is a partnership with the US department of energy and Fedex for development of electric trucks with fuel cells. They are also paired with a prequalified source to provide next generation delivery vehicles for the United States Postal Service.

      • This was great news but it also old news. When is the cover coming off the prize and garnering investor interest? If all this potential is not resulting in a UPS contract and the USPS is months away, why isn’t management pursuing other opportunities? The attraction is obvious, lower costs, fewer emissions, more efficiency, etc. The US Government should be promoting the product in smog areas and anywhere air quality is an issue. Think Houston experiment—how long do you test before you move forward? Also of concern, a number of Institutions are acquiring the stock but the price isn’t reflecting increased demand. That seems a bit odd. How can 200,000 + shares be bought in a short span of time and the price take a dive during that time? We’re concerned that something doesn’t look right.

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