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  • Dec 14th 2012 at 12:45PM
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One of the best parts about watching a monster truck show is hearing (and feeling) the engines roar to life, but one of the sport's most iconic trucks is proving that car-crushing fun doesn't have to involve burning even a drop of gasoline (or alcohol, as the case may be). Odyssey Battery and Bigfoot have teamed up to create what they are claiming to be the world's first electric monster truck.

EnerSys, parent company of Odyssey Battery, supplied 36 drycell batteries (upgraded versions of a standard car battery) to provide juice to a specially designed motor that produces 350 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque – far less than the 1,000+ hp produced by today's average monster truck. Instead of roaring to life, the electric Bigfoot No. 20 quietly whirs around the parking, which in the video makes it sound like a life-sized Power Wheels, before laying waste to a couple of down-and-out Ford Taurus sedans. Like the monster trucks you can see at just about any stadium around the country, this Bigfoot has tires that make crushing cars easy and four-wheel steering for better maneuverability. In all, the truck's 36 batteries add an extra 1,375 pounds, and while the system includes on-board battery chargers, there is no word on how long such a job would take.

Scroll down to watch the all-electric Ford Super Duty Bigfoot become a silent destroyer, just don't expect this truck to be in competition anytime soon as it's just expected to be a display or parade vehicle for the time being.


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ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck, World's First Electric Monster Truck

READING, Pa. (Nov. 27, 2012) – ODYSSEY® battery by EnerSys, a primary sponsor of the 2012 BIGFOOT 4x4, Inc. monster truck team, provided ODYSSEY® batteries to power the world's first electric monster truck: the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck.

Each of the 36 ODYSSEY® PC1200 batteries that power the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck weighs 38.2 pounds, but provides 1,200 five-second pulse hot cranking amps (PHCA), as well as 540 cold-cranking amps (CCA), 78 minutes of reserve capacity and 400 cycles of deep cycle capability at 80 percent depth of discharge (DOD).

The ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck carries a custom-designed 2012 fiberglass body and includes a battery-powered electric motor, which was designed and built by Dennis Berube of Phoenix to wield 350 horsepower and 850 foot-pounds of torque. Three banks of 10 ODYSSEY® batteries power the engine for a total of 360 Volts. The additional six ODYSSEY® batteries power the brakes and steering systems. Other custom features include onboard battery chargers and variable-speed programmable speed controller.

"We've been sponsoring BIGFOOT® monster trucks for almost 10 years," said Dave McMullen, director of commercial marketing for specialty and UPS markets at EnerSys®. "The punishing conditions of a monster truck race are a perfect demonstration of ODYSSEY® batteries at their rugged best. We are particularly excited to be part of the world's first battery-powered monster truck, and are proud of BIGFOOT 4X4, Inc.'s confidence in our batteries that they play such a

"ODYSSEY® batteries have helped our team to win more than 20 monster truck championships," said Jim Kramer, vice president of research, technology and driver development of BIGFOOT 4X4, Inc. "We're happy to have ODYSSEY® batteries as a partner in the development of the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck. Developing a custom electric monster truck is part of our efforts to keep up with ever-changing technology. For now, the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck will be used in static displays and parades, but as we become more experienced with the electric power unit, battery maintenance, controller adjustments, drive lines and weather, our fans may just see it perform car crushes or even compete in monster truck shows."

About EnerSys®
EnerSys®, the world leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures, distributes and services reserve power, motive power and starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) batteries, chargers, power equipment, and battery accessories to customers worldwide. SLI batteries are used for trucks and buses, passenger cars, boats, personal watercraft, ATVs, motorcycles and garden tractors. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from more than 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world. For more information about EnerSys® and its ODYSSEY® batteries, visit www.enersys.com or www.ODYSSEYbattery.com.

About BIGFOOT 4x4, Inc.
Since its inception in 1975, BIGFOOT, The Original Monster Truck®, has gone on to achieve worldwide notoriety, and spawned an entire family of BIGFOOT monster trucks that have pioneered the growth of the monster truck industry. Created by St. Louis-area contractor Bob Chandler and his wife Marilyn in 1975 as a promotional tool for their Midwest Four Wheel Drive business, the BIGFOOT fleet has captured 29 National Championships, set numerous world records for monster trucks, and travelled to more than 26 countries. In 2009, BIGFOOT was named one of the "Top 5 Marketing Vehicles of All Time." Since 1975, more than 20 BIGFOOT vehicles have been constructed, and today the team campaigns seven (soon to be nine) BIGFOOT monster trucks full-time in North America, in addition to one based full-time in England. The team achieves in excess of 4 million live impressions each year and will have over 800 appearance days in 2012 with more expected in 2013. Over half-a-million BIGFOOT toys are sold every year. Visit the team online at www.bigfoot4x4.com


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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm all for advancing car/truck tech and pushing for top tech in automotive sports like F1, LMS, etc. but while watching this truck cruising around in near silence, the kid in me (who has seen a monster truck shows in person) is thinking "It's just not the same".
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL, it's a giant RC Car. I love it.
      Waltzon
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is... odd. It is just weirdly drama-free and matter-of-fact without the screaming internal combustion soundtrack. It makes the whole idea of a monster truck seem less outrageous. More civilized. I don't really know how I feel about that, as the outrageousness is kind of the raison d'etre for a monster truck.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      An electric car I can get excited about. And anything that crushes that model taurus (the cockroach) is a winner in my books.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sounds like the R/C version of itself!
      n.bob2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has anyone seen my blue 90's ford Taurus?
      rodney.schwoegler@gmail.com
      This is the perfect Zombie Apocalypse vehicle, recharge via solar, silent and able to crush walkers.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rodney.schwoegler@gmail.com
        I've actually made this argument before. In a zombie apocalypse, you are much better off with an EV. You can built a PV system to charge it. The long supply chain of drilling, shipping, refining, distribution, etc. would mean that gas cars would be worthless after a few weeks.
          Actionable Mango
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I used to think the whole idea of driving during a zombie apocalypse was silly. After all, zombies cannot drive. But then I learned Australian dogs can drive. And if dogs can drive, I suppose zombies could drive too. If you are a zombie in search of victims, an EV does seem like a better bet than just shuffling around hoping for the best.
      Chris M
      • 2 Years Ago
      Totally impractical for anything but stupid amusements, but there is a market for that. I see far too many people driving jacked up trucks and SUVs that are: 1) Less stable, with poor handling, more prone to rollover, less manuverable. 2) Less safe due to instability. 3) Less capable in off-road situations. 4) Heavier, thus with less acceleration. 5) More aerodynamic drag, making an already poor fuel economy even worse. 6) Reduced load capability, and difficult to load and unload. For all that, it costs plenty extra, and reduces the resale value to boot! No wonder I call them "Idiot-mobiles". Oh, but they can pretend they're driving a "monster truck" and remain blissfully unaware of how foolish they look.
        The Jeepist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris M
        So what you're saying is that a lowered Jeep Wrangler can preform better than a lifted Wrangler in off road/rock climbing? Seems legit...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris M
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      mistabuck
      • 2 Years Ago
      So... an extra 1,300 pounds, a 3rd of the horsepower, and sounds like a forklift at home depot? Not my cup of tea. ! THIS IS MURICA GIVE ME A NITROUS INJECTED, TWIN-TURBO, SUPERCHARGED V8 CAMMED TO HELL. Now please.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like how you get to hear more car crunching :)
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      A quite monster truck is no fun. My little 4 year old boy and his 5 year old counsin would not be amused by it.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mbukukanyau
        Yeah, it is only fun when you submit your toddler to permanent hearing loss.
          Mbukukanyau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          You put the show on TV, you do not take kids to the stadium, what are you, an idiot? Also for air shows , you always take them to the little airshows where there are prop aircrafts from WW II and not to see the blue angles, they are too loud.
          paulwesterberg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          In other news, autism has been linked to early exposure to pollution: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-autism-traffic-pollution-20121126,0,970458.story
      • 2 Years Ago
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