The crew at Translogic took the time to stop by and see the the team at ALTe Powertrain Technologies recently. Founded by a group of former Tesla Motors executives, the company focuses on building plug-in hybrid conversions for fleet vehicles. From creations like a Ford F-150 with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two 60-kilowatt electric motors to full-size delivery trucks, buses and vans, the company is focused on reducing fuel consumption on some of the largest and hardest-working machinery out there. ALTe says the F-150 conversion supplies up to 465 pound-feet of torque, which is more than the old 4.6-liter V8.

Most of the truck conversions come with 22-kWh lithium-ion battery packs, which yield 25-40 miles of all-electric range. From there, the four-cylinder kicks in to keep the batteries charged and the motors spinning.

ALTe says the company has focused on Ford conversions first, since the F-Series is the largest-selling pickup in the country. While E-Series and Panther-based creations are also on the docket, ALTe is also focusing on partnering with OEMs in China. Scroll down to check out the video for yourself.



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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just no way you can justify $30K conversion cost for electric hybrid.
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        You can if you're a commercial fleet where fuel costs go through the roof...try driving a F-250 16 hours a day and see what your fuel bill is.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Actually, the more you use the vehicle the more justification for spending the cash, especially in a truck. Sure you kick out 30K up front, but ask any Volt owner, not having to refuel but once per month or less in some cases, they're giggling like schoolgirls.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Except the TITLE of the article states the study is for fleets. I would understand if you didn't real the article before posting a comments, but at least look at the 10 words in the title.