Ford’s new $4,000 Eluminator electrical crate motor has confirmed profitable, promoting out within the first week. It was well-liked though Ford Efficiency, the arm of the corporate that sells the motor, doesn’t additionally supply a battery, so this must be sourced individually for now.
You due to this fact can’t create one thing like Ford’s poster car for the brand new crate motor, the 1978 F-100 Eluminator EV conversion. It not solely has the battery pack out of a Mustang Mach-E GT, however a lot of its inside too. The basic truck physique sits on a customized sports activities automotive chassis and runs a pair of electrical motors that collectively make 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque.
Edmunds was given privileged entry to drive the very costly one-off present car (which is absolutely perform and intensely fast) and it places the thought of changing and modernizing an older car in a really constructive mild. You don’t should put these motors in an previous pickup that you just’ve had reengineered right into a sports activities automotive, however this research reveals one path that may very well be taken.
The inside is a mixture of previous and new elements, together with the huge 15.5-inch central show, in addition to the digital gauge cluster, steering wheel, transmission controls and seats. Ford has managed to combine every little thing fairly effectively and the car looks as if it was the results of a cohesive concept that was executed proper.
There aren few off-the-shelf full conversion options proper now, although, and most nonetheless depend on Tesla battery packs. If Ford manages to supply an entire equipment that takes among the fuss out of EV conversions, that might grow to be actually well-liked.