How to Use Zero Fuel and Still Drive an F-150
Ford’s chairman executive officer, Mark Fields, has pledged many things in the last two years of his reign over the blue oval. Many things involve finances, jobs, etc., but many of them focus on delivering electrified and self-driving vehicles.
The Ford F-150 we’re focusing on today doesn’t have any semi-autonomous capabilities, but it’s not a normal pickup truck—it’s completely electric, and the conversion was performed aftermarket. This YouTube video by, Cool Car Video, brings us an extremely detailed walk-around of a previous-generation Ford F-150 converted by Torque Trends Inc.
The F-150 started its productive life as a truck for the city of Surprise, Arizona, where it did what most city trucks do—sit on the side of the road with orange cones around it. Okay, that may be exaggerating, but obviously city officials found it worthwhile to pay the money it costs for Torque Trends Inc. to do the drivetrain swap and convert it in a fully electric, single-speed truck.
This zero-emissions F-150 achieves a lower carbon-footprint than most electric vehicles because it was built as an internal combustion engine originally, and then converted to battery power, therefore minimizing the original (larger) carbon footprint created by most hybrid and battery-powered vehicles. A 135 kw electric motor propels the truck, and a single-speed planetary transmission puts the power to the wheels.
To learn more about this intricate conversions check out Torque Trends Inc. and enjoy the video!
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