• Mar 12th 2010 at 6:00PM
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Putting a bigger battery and a plug-in hybrid powertrain into a pick-up truck isn't exactly a new idea (see here and here for just two examples). Of course, sometimes, old ideas are worth keeping around.

At the 2010 National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show this week, ALTe LLC, based in Michigan, showed off a Ford F-150 that has a plug-in hybrid powertrain installed. Of course, because everybody's got to make their mark, ALTe calls their system a range-extended electric powertrain (REEP). File this along with General Motor's extended-range electric vehicle (ER-EV) as a different name without a meaningful distinction. These are all plug-in hybrids.

In any case, the demonstration truck uses a 25 kWh lithium-ion manganese oxide polymer battery pack and 82 kW Remy DC drive motors that provide a 52-mile all-electric range. When needed, a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder normally aspirated gasoline engine generates power for the battery. In this charge-sustaining mode, reports Green Car Congress, the truck's fuel economy is about 32 miles per gallon. The powertrain offers 295 pound-feet of torque and has a towing capacity of 6,500 lb.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oooh, here's a fun game... make a better acronym! I'll start:

      Vehicle [with]

      (Firefly anyone?)

      Courtesy (of)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a stupid question.....

      If it is gonna be based off the F150, why is it shown on the F250 chassis (and translucent body)?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A good compromise for people who need a truck and good fuel economy.

      The question is whether they can build it cheaply enough to sell it in decent numbers.
        • 8 Months Ago
        If they can put together enough orders then they just contract with ford for a bunch of gliders and just add the drive-train to the vehicles. If they do their job well enough ford will buy them out and put it into mass production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A conversion of any kind is not cheap. Remaking a vehicle from it's original intended use is the long way around. They have to dump the original motor and put in a 2.0 liter 4cyl and all the mods that go with that. I guess they use the original trans if it is a stick or dump it also and put in a one speed gear box. I like the idea, but Ford needs to do it, not after market. Ford is to busy making cash off of conventional trucks and will only do something this innovative when truck sales die as a result of 150 - 200 dollar per barrel oil prices.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Maybe they buy the truck without motor and tranny?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a real winner. Is it just for show, or are they going to sell these?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just like it. The regular F-150 gets, what, 21 MPG versus 32 for this one. That's over 50% improvement in gas mileage - even if you NEVER plug it in.

      And having the first 50 miles running on electrons is just icing on that cake.

      BTW, the acronym could lead to a cool custom paint job: "The REEPer" with the hooded grim reaper menacing with his scythe... that would be cool, if a little out there maybe.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I like your idea, IMO the graphics should be the grim reaper getting ready to reap the CEO of Exxon, have the CEO, Rex Tillerson cowering at his desk with the reaper getting ready to lop off his head from behind. Maybe just have the scythe cutting through Exxon's logo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why DC motors?
        • 8 Months Ago
        I agree, why would they use a DC motor? Very inefficient an a poor torque curve compared to an AC induction motor. And I know some will argue that a DC motor has more low end torque than an the induction motor, and is more suitable for a truck, but that is not true if you choose the right AC motor and drive algorithm
        • 8 Months Ago
        The Remy EV components are far more economical than other options. Remy's design is pretty unique and they claim the highest efficiency and power density in the industry.
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