2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
First Electric F-150
Engineers removed the engine, transmission, drive shaft, differentials, and exhaust system, and then installed four 66-lb. wheel-mounted "Hi-Pa Drive" electric motors. Energy is stored in a single 1,000-lb., 40-kilowatt lithium-ion battery, mounted where the fuel tank used to be. The in-wheel drive motors capture energy used in braking, and the truck delivers 600 hp plus - more than you'd get out of a 5.4-liter V-8 engine. The truck will travel at speeds up to 100 miles on a full charge.
"This electric Ford F-150 proves that a vehicle doesn't have to be small, unprofitable or underpowered to be green," according to PML Flightlink, the British company that created the aftermarket technology. (ph 011 44 1420 548755 or www.hipadrive.com)
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