Workhorse Group has been granted a patent for an electric vehicle design featuring a front cage, rear floor, intermediate section, utility cabinet, and flatbed. The method establishes a utility space outside the operator cabin, enhancing functionality and versatility. GlobalData’s report on Workhorse Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Workhorse Group, HEV energy management was a key innovation area identified from patents. Workhorse Group's grant share as of February 2024 was 100%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Electric vehicle with utility space outside operator cabin

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Workhorse Group Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11891120B2) outlines a method for establishing a utility space in an electric vehicle. The method involves defining an operator cabin, a flatbed, and an intermediate section of the vehicle, with the utility space located outside the operator cabin. The utility space is defined by the front cage, reinforcement beams, and the flatbed, providing a functional area separate from the driver's compartment.

Furthermore, the method includes forming a monocoque structure for the electric vehicle comprising the front cage, flatbed, and intermediate section, supporting electric motors within this structure. Additionally, the utility space can accommodate a utility cabinet with drawers, enhancing the storage capacity of the vehicle. The design also incorporates an alcove that extends through an exterior wall, creating an exterior compartment accessible from outside the vehicle. By interconnecting the roof with the sidewalls of the flatbed using reinforcement beams, the utility space is efficiently defined, offering a practical solution for electric vehicle design and functionality.

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