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% Perhaps it was Ford's recent change to replace their CEO& focus only on profit$ that had Ford back-peddle on all their previous Ford F-150 EV pr. They now are only going to make a hybrid version, not an EV. Funny how today's Ford can't (or won't), when EV-oldtimers can remember Ford so easily came out with their production Ford Ranger EV back in 1997. %
Ecotuned Ready To Convert Ford Trucks To Electric, Like A 48-kWh F-150
2017/06/14 Sebastian Blanco
Ecotuned EV powertrain for Ford F-150. Photo by Sebastian Blanco
Ecotuned Spec Sheet
Sure, Ford is working on some sort of electrified F-150 pick-up truck, but whatever that vehicle is, it’s a long ways away. If you want an all-electric big Ford this year, then give the fine folks at Ecotuned a call. It’ll help if you speak French.
Based in Montreal, Canada, Mike Li, who is the mechanical designer for Ecotuned, told InsideEVs that the company is a 15-person operation that has already converted five trucks.
Li noted the conversion package, while small and in its second generation, is not ready for mass consumption today. In fact, Ecotuned hasn’t yet revealed the price for this conversion (Li said that would happen in the next three months), but the whole package is designed to swap in easily to a standard F-150. Li did say that the return on investment for this conversion is about 2.5 years and that Ecotuned expects its powertrain to last for a million kilometers (621,000 miles).
As you can see in the spec sheet(click to enlarge), Ecotuned’s powertrain offers 280 pound-feet of torque from a 214 horsepower motor that draw power from a 48-kWh, 360-volt battery pack. There’s a two-speed transmission and the whole thing offers a range of 140 kilometers (about 87 miles) on a full charge. Taking out the F-150’s engine and gas tanks and replacing them with the Ecotuned powertrain – conveniently sized to fit in that space without needing to make any major changes – add about six percent to the overall weight of the truck, but Li said that the compnay tried to keep everything feeling balanced and the same as if the gas powertrain was still in there.
With this powertrain, Ecotuned can convert not only the F-150, but also the F-250, F-350, and F-450, and is going to work on Ford’s shuttle buses based on these trucks as well, later this year.
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