In a “Back to the Future” sort of move, Ford Motor Co.has electrified a formerly gas-powered F-Series pickup from the 1970s.It is a 1978 Ford F-100 pickup with a battery-electric powertrain and twin front and rear electric traction motors.”480 horsepower.Zero emissions.
It’s totally (expletive) bonkers,” Mike Levine, Ford North America product communications director, told the Free Press.The automaker recently unveiled a $5.8 billion plan to build twin battery manufacturing plants in Hardin County, Kentucky.
The plants will make batteries for electric vehicles such as its new F-150 Lightning truck.If Ford had built its all-electric F-150 Lightning in 1978, this throwback F-100 could have been it, he said.For subscribers: Ford is betting big on electric vehicles.Why that could pay off huge for Kentucky More: Here are the incentives Kentucky and Tennessee used to lure Ford’s new factories The interior is designed like a Mustang Mach-E GT.It has a 15.5-inch display screen, just like the all-electric Mach-E.
Its powertrain is the same one used in a Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition.Putting electric motors in classic vehicles is a growing trend now .And all-electric trucks are top-of-mind for many.The Lightning has more than 160,000 reservations pending, Ford confirmed Nov.
2.So if you do the math on a paper napkin, estimating a conservative $50,000 per F-150 Lightning, that pencils out to roughly $8 billion.Meanwhile, General Motors revealed the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup last year, selling the first 10,000 in fewer than 10 minutes.GM will start producing the off-road, all-electric pickup before year-end.In January, GM plans to reveal the Chevrolet Silverado E pickup at CES in Las Vegas.
Stellantis has plans to build an all-electric Ram 1500.Other all-electric truck competitors are launching, too.More: What to know about Ford’s $5.8B, 5,000-job battery park in Hardin County, Kentucky The Dearborn automaker gave no warning of the unique surprise Tuesday during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a highlight of a week that previews tens of billions of dollars in automotive aftermarket goodies.This particular F-100 is intended to spotlight the crate e-motor Ford is selling as an aftermarket product.It’s the front motor from the Mach-E GT performance edition.”An electric motor conversion won’t be right for every classic car or rod, however, we’re certain there are Ford fanatics out there who will appreciate an electric powertrain option from Ford Performance for their muscle machine,” wrote motortrend.com in August.Automakers, including Tesla, make big money on aftermarket accessories.
“The Eluminator electric crate motor is expected to be the first of its kind to be engineered, developed and offered by an original equipment manufacturer …Weighing in at a svelte 205 pounds, this electric dynamo delivers 281 horsepower, 317lb.-ft.of torque, and generates a maximum speed of 13,800rpm.The Eluminator crate engine package includes a high-voltage motor-to-traction invertor harness, low-voltage harness connector, and vent tube assembly,” Ford writes on its Ford Performance website .”So, when it comes to heart-pounding, visceral-enhancing electric-driven high-performance technologies and relating post-purchase applications, know this: We share your enthusiasm …and there’s plenty more to come,” the site says.Price tag: $3,900, not including the traction inverter, control system and battery.
Ford says it delivers 281 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, and can be purchased through a dealer or online directly through Ford Performance Parts.More: Ford Motor’s history in Louisville through the years These kinds of debuts generate important buzz, said industry observer John McElroy, host of “Autoline After Hours” podcast and webcast.”All the automakers — GM, Ford, Stellantis — sell crate motors at an enormous markup,” he said.”No question, there’s a small but not insignificant number of people who love the idea of taking a classic vehicle and making it electric,” McElroy said.”I’ve got an old Citroen (1968).
It takes me 5 to 10 minutes to really get it started and warmed up.With an electric, you just jump in and go.No hiccupping down the street because the engine is not warmed up.Boom, you just go.Then you can pat yourself on the back because you’ve helped save the environment.” For subscribers: A farm family, an angry governor and the story behind the land slated for Ford’s new plant More: I drove a Ford Mustang Mach-E for 10 days — and it was incredible More: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup could change how America works Courier Journal reporter Morgan Watkins contributed to this report.
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