600 HP Electric Ford F150 to Makes Its Debut at SEMA
November 3, 2008
The Ford F-150 is one of the world's most popular pickup trucks, so it only makes sense to build a high-efficiency electric version out of one to demonstrate what the future of electric vehicles might look like. Built by PML Flightlink in collaboration with Ford, the electric Hi-Pa Drive Ford F-150 uses four in-wheel motors to power itself. When all four motors are powered on, they can deliver 600 hp.
The Hi-Pa Drive system replaces the mechanical drivetrain, gearbox, transmission, engine, exhaust, gas tank, and the differential with a 40kW battery and four in-wheel motors. Each motor weighs 66 lb and delivers over 150 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque at any speed. A generator recaptures more of the kinetic energy lost during braking than other hybrid technologies, according to project representatives.
The in-wheel motor is compact enough to fit in almost any space, whether it's in the wheel, on standard bearings, or on dead axles. The light, compact nature of the Hi-Pa Drive system makes it easy to install on almost any vehicle and makes it easy for systems integrators to work out new applications and designs for any set of needs. The master vehicle controller also gives designers the option to control each wheel independently or as a single unit.
Source: SEMA eNews