Recharge Wrap-up: Workhorse EV pickup debuts in May, DOE grants Plug In America $500K

Toyota takes Mirai to Just Water basketball event.

Workhorse Group is set to unveil its W-15 range-extended electric pickup at the ACT EXPO in May. The Workhorse W-15 light duty work shares its electric underpinnings with the company's medium duty delivery truck, and its battery offers an expected 80 miles of driving range. An onboard gasoline generator provides additional range if needed. The electric truck is meant to offer a lower total cost of ownership through fuel and maintenance savings, with the added benefit of reduced emissions. A working concept will be on display at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, California from May 1-4, 2017. Read more in the press release from Workhorse Group.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Plug In America $500,000 for its project, "Advancing PEV Adoption in New England." The project promotes the adoption of electric vehicles in cooperation with the state governments and Clean Cities coalitions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The project is also associated with the DOE's "EV Everywhere Grand Challenge," which seeks to make the US a leader in affordable EV production by 2022. "It is our mission to educate the public and promote the value of EVs throughout the country," says Plug In America Executive Director Joel Levin. "This technology offers tremendous benefits to New England, from the air quality improvements, to the cost savings on fuel and maintenance, to the convenience of never having to gas up your car in winter weather." Read more from Plug In America.

Toyota brought the fuel cell Mirai to Just Hoops at Venice Beach. The automaker partnered with Just Water at the basketball event to promote water as a resource, and to highlight the hydrogen powered Mirai, which, of course, emits nothing but water. See Toyota's video on its Facebook page.

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