CINCINNATI, Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector, today announced that it has applied for a loan of $250 million from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program. The company also announced that DOE has deemed its application to be substantially complete for purposes of DOE beginning its preliminary evaluation of the technical, financial, legal and other aspects of the application. There are a significant number of additional milestones Workhorse will need to achieve in order to progress its application towards a conditional commitment and any final loan agreement.
Workhorse is pursuing the ATVM loan, as well as other sources of financing, in order to equip its manufacturing plant in Union City, Indiana, for the production of the company's all-new W-15 four-wheel drive plug-in electric pickup truck.
"Workhorse has received letters of intent to purchase more than 5,000 W-15s, which we believe demonstrates that fleets are eager to incorporate range-extended electric pickup trucks," said Workhorse CEO and President Stephen Burns. "We are designing our W-15 to be the most economical, the greenest and the safest electric pickup in America's automotive market today."
The ATVM program makes direct loans to re-equip, expand or establish manufacturing facilities in the United States to produce qualifying light-duty vehicles or components that provide meaningful improvements in fuel economy performance in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The program has issued loans for projects run by Tesla, Ford and Nissan. DOE reports the program has supported 35,800 permanent U.S. jobs, saved more than 287 million gallons of gasoline annually, and prevented more than 2.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. Although the president's America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, dated March 16, 2017, proposed to eliminate the ATVM program, its long-term future is subject to congressional action on Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations.
The W-15 is the first electric pickup truck available to commercial customers from an American original equipment manufacturer.
"There is an enormous void of alternative-fuel pickups in the truck market, and the time is right to introduce the W-15," Burns said. "Securing the ATVM loan would help Workhorse bring the W-15 to market faster to meet the needs of fleet managers who are demanding a fuel-efficient pickup truck that gets the job done."
About Workhorse Group Inc.
Workhorse Group Inc. is a U.S.-based original equipment manufacturer of medium-duty, EPA-approved battery-electric delivery vehicles and fully integrated truck-launched, FAA compliant unmanned aerial systems (UAS) delivery drones. The company is also a developer of a cloud-based, real-time telematics performance monitoring system that provides fleet operators ultimate energy and rote efficiency. For additional information visit www.workhorse.com.
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