Electric pickups that have a rugged appeal and carbon fiber body panels? Turbochargers that use electric boosters to make internal combustion engines more efficient?
Yes, ways to harness electric power were definitely the most popular stories this week on Gas2. But how could flying pigs connect with electric-powered transportation? Well, the Chrysler Pacifica has gotten some significant media marketing time of late, with a clever commercial designed to appeal to families yet without explicitly saying that the vehicle needs to be plugged in periodically.
Red light traffic tickets also charged up our readers this week upon learning that a decades-old formula for timing at intersections may be contributing to rather than reducing hazards and causing some drivers to be caught moving during a red light. And the electrifying Formula 1 race from Russia was a race to the Finnish (pun intended), with Valtteri Bottas able to hold off the challenge of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the final laps. Here are those stories and more on our “Gas2 Week in Review.”
Ohio’s Workhorse has revealed its W-15 electric pickup truck. With rugged good looks and composite and carbon fiber body panels that are designed to resist dents, dings, and corrosion, the W-15 has a stainless steel ladder type chassis for strength and durability, 30″ of impact absorbing front crush space, automatic braking, and a lane departure warning system. As if those features aren’t convincing enough, the W-15 has a range extender gasoline engine that can achieve 80 miles on battery power alone and the range extender can provide another 300 miles after it kicks in. And it has two electric motors — on in front and one in back — for true all wheel drive capability. The W-15 is rated 75 MPGe by the EPA and gets 32 mpg city/28 highway when the range extender engine is operating. Can any other full size all wheel drive pickups even begin to compete with those numbers?