The Power of Regenerative Braking in the W56 EV Step Van - Workhorse

The Power of Regenerative Braking in the W56 EV Step Van

In the fast-paced world of last-mile delivery, efficiency is imperative. At Workhorse, we’re all about maximizing every aspect of our electric delivery trucks to ensure they are both reliable and purposefully engineered for the challenges of modern logistics. That’s why we’re excited to delve into one of the defining features of our W56 electric chassis: Regenerative braking.

Workhorse W56 Ev Step Van Parked On Pavement In Front Of Industrial Building And Powerlines.

Understanding Regenerative Braking

Regenerative braking isn’t just a trendy term—it’s a significant advancement with profound benefits. Traditional braking systems waste precious kinetic energy as heat dissipates into the air. But regenerative braking? It’s a whole different ball game. This innovative technology captures that energy, converting it into electricity to recharge the vehicle’s batteries. Not only does this reduce wear and tear on braking components, but it also extends the driving range of our electric vehicles.

The W56 Advantage: Purpose-Built Regen Braking

There are numerous factors that distinguish the W56 from the pack; regenerative braking technology stands out as a prime example. Let’s explore why:

  • Seamless Integration: Picture this—your foot leaves the accelerator pedal, and the vehicle smoothly transitions from acceleration to deceleration with minimal use of the brake pedal. While the W56 does not technically use one-pedal driving, it offers a similar experience by allowing drivers to control speed primarily through the accelerator pedal. The brake pedal is only needed at the lowest speeds to come to a complete stop or for emergency rapid braking. This unique system not only enhances driver control but also maximizes energy recapture, ensuring a smooth and efficient driving experience.
  • Efficient Energy Capture: Every time you ease off the accelerator, the motor turns into a generator to capture that kinetic energy, transforming it into electricity to recharge the batteries. In fact, regenerative braking in the W56 can return up to 50% of the energy used during operation, significantly boosting the vehicle’s driving range.
  • No Compromise on Performance: With the W56, we’ve taken performance to the next level. Our regenerative braking system utilizes electromagnetic resistance in the motor to provide deceleration force, reducing brake wear while ensuring reliable performance mile after mile.
Infographic Icons On A Black Background Explain Key Features Of Regenerative Braking

Navigating the Last Mile

Last-mile delivery isn’t your average drive around the block. It’s a journey filled with twists, turns, and frequent stops. Vehicles are expected to navigate narrow city streets, conquer cul-de-sacs, and squeeze into tight loading docks—all while maintaining efficiency and reliability. It’s these elements that make regenerative braking the ideal match for last-mile delivery.

  • Stop-and-Start Mastery: Last-mile routes are a constant cycle of stop-and-start movements. Traditional braking systems struggle to keep up with this repetitive motion, leading to accelerated wear, increased maintenance, and decreased efficiency. The W56’s regenerative braking system is engineered for the stop-and-go nature of delivery operations, capturing energy with every deceleration, and transitioning back into acceleration mode.
  • Optimized for Low Speeds: In the world of last-mile delivery, speed isn’t the name of the game—it’s precision. With regenerative braking, our vehicles excel at low speeds, smoothly transitioning from acceleration to deceleration with precision and control for effortless stops requiring just a tap on the brake and enhanced safety in bustling urban environments.
  • Enhanced Driver Comfort and Reduced Stress: Our system prioritizes driver comfort and reduces stress by allowing drivers to control speed primarily through the accelerator pedal. While the brake pedal is still needed to come to a complete stop, the minimal use of traditional braking reduces physical stress and offers a smoother, more comfortable driving experience. Say goodbye to the constant pressure of braking and hello to a more relaxed driving experience.

Driver Delight: Embracing Efficiency

But what do the drivers think? Well, let’s just say they’re impressed! The intuitive driving experience puts them in the driver’s seat—literally. With real-time feedback on energy use and return, they’re empowered to control the vehicle’s speed with precision, all while enjoying a smoother, more efficient ride. As mentioned in a previous post, a recent demo driver quickly mastered the W56’s driving system and achieved a regen return of almost 50% of energy used to the batteries—and a MPGe over 30!

A Vision for Tomorrow

At Workhorse, we’re dedicated to shaping the future of transportation. Through purpose-engineered technologies like regenerative braking, we’re driving real progress and redefining sustainable goods delivery.

Ready to experience the W56 firsthand? Our vehicles are in production and available for delivery now. Explore more about our lineup and find out if the W56 is the right fit for your fleet at in touch with us today to kickstart your journey toward zero-emission transportation.