|Founded||1998Union City, Indiana,|
|Headquarters||Cincinnati, Ohio, |
Number of locations
|Duane Hughes (CEO)|
Number of employees
Workhorse Group Incorporated is an American manufacturing company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, currently focused on manufacturing electric-powered delivery and utility vehicles.
The company was founded in 1998 by investors who took over the production of General Motors' P30/P32 series stepvan and motorhome chassis.
In March 2015, a company called AMP Electric Vehicles took over Workhorse Custom Chassis, changing the company name to Workhorse Group Incorporated, and began offering a range of electric vehicles.
On May 8, 2019, General Motors confirmed that it was in talks to potentially sell Lordstown Assembly, its idle 6.2 million square foot manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio to Workhorse Group. On November 7, 2019, the newly constituted Lordstown Motors, of which Workhorse Group has a 10% stake, purchased the shuttered Lordstown Assembly Plant from General Motors. Lordstown Motors is led by former Workhorse CEO, Steve Burns, who has assumed the role of co-founder and CEO of Lordstown Motors. Later that day, Workhorse Group issued a press release detailing a licensing agreement with Lordstown Motors for their W-15 pickup truck.
Workhorse's first product was the P-series, based on the Chevrolet/GMC P30-series stepvan/mobile home chassis.
Workhorse briefly offered an integrated chassis/body model called the MetroStar, hearkening back to the long-lived International Harvester Metro Van line. This product was led by then parent company Navistar.
Until 2015, the company offered the familiar W62 chassis and a newer, narrow-tracked version called the W88. Workhorse had originally manufactured an earlier version, the W42 chassis.
In November 2016, Workhorse announced that they were working on an electrically powered pickup truck, called the W-15. North Carolina's Duke Energy has stated that it will buy 500 of the vehicles, and the city of Orlando is also interested. It is scheduled to have 460 horsepower and a battery range of 80 miles. A gasoline range extender supplies further range. In March 2020, Workhorse confirmed that it had transferred the W-15 pickup truck project to Lordstown Motors through a licensing agreement. Lordstown Motors paid a licensing fee to Workhorse, and the truck will be produced in the future without the gasoline range extender.
In December 2018, Workhorse announced that they were debuting its SureFly, an electric vertical take off and landing octocopter at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. The SureFly would be built for air medical services, military organizations, agricultural customers, and for urban commuting. In December 2019, aerospace company Moog Inc. bought the SureFly program for $5 million. Moog plans on using the SureFly as a demonstrator for autonomous delivery vehicles.
In 2018, UPS announced that it would partner with Workhorse to develop and manufacture a fleet of 50 plug-in electric trucks. The trucks were expected to have a 100 mile range on electric power. In June 2019, Workhorse obtained $25 million USD for the continued development of the N-GEN delivery van. By November 2019, Workhorse changed the name of the delivery van from N-GEN to C-Series. In November 2019, Workhorse chose battery supplier EnerDel to provide up to 5,200 battery packs for C-Series delivery vans.
Workhorse was one of the finalists for the United States Postal Service 10-year contract for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) to replace 165,000 of the aging and outdated Grumman LLV used by USPS since 1987. In February 2021, the contract was awarded to Oshkosh Defense. Workhorse announced what Bloomberg News described as a "long-shot bid" to overturn the loss of the award. On June 16, 2021, Workhorse filed a formal complaint with the United States Court of Federal Claims protesting the award of the United States Postal Service Next Generation Delivery Vehicle ("USPS NGDV") contract to Oshkosh Defense.
Workhorse began the development of a truck-mounted drone called HorseFly in 2016. The HorseFly drone has been developed in collaboration with defense contractor Moog (NYSE:MOG.A). In addition, Workhorse is developing the unmanned medical delivery capabilities of the HorseFly in partnership with San Diego-based Unmanned Systems Operations Group Inc.