In Detail: Bremach T-Rex Work Trucks

The Bremach T-Rex certainly looks like a serious truck, but it takes more than looks to convince us that the all-electric Bremach is able to stand up to the gas-powered Ford Super Dutys and Chevy Silverado HDs of the world. Bremach certainly has the pedigree to back up the T-Rex's work truck claims. Bremach is the offspring of two heavy-duty Italian companies: Aeronautics Macchi and Fratelli Brenna. Aeronautics Macchi is an Italian military equipment manufacturer that has built more than 7,000 airplanes and has been around since 1913. Anyone who's been to Europe has certainly noticed the curious little three-wheel delivery cars that pop up especially in the suburbs. Aeronautics Macchi developed those in the post war era, a time when civilian manufacturing was becoming more and more important.

By the late 1950s, another company, Fratelli Brenna, acquired the three-wheeled Motocarro light trucks. The name Bremach is the combining of the two company's names: Bre-Mach. By the 1970s, Bremach concentrated on the light truck segment and eventually developed a 4x4 that was sold throughout the world.

Bremach's latest truck is the T-Rex, and this one's available in the US. In TRANSLOGIC 56, we focused on the all-electric version of the T-Rex but that's just one of several powertrains available. The gasoline powered version uses a 6.0 liter Vortec V8 that makes 323 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque. A Cummins 5.9 liter, straight six diesel can also be had and that's good for as much as 325 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.

The fully electric version we drove uses a brushless permanent magnet motor that's good for 300 hp. There's also a series-hybrid version that operates sort of like the Chevy Volt. Like the Volt, it uses a 2.2 liter General Motors Ecotec four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 149 hp that provides power for the batteries. Propane and compressed natural gas versions are forthcoming.

Transmission choices include an Alison six-speed automatic or a GM four-speed automatic. A manual transmission can be ordered as well.

One the most impressive aspects of the T-Rex is its climbing ability. Thanks to 11 inches of ground clearance and short overhangs, it can handle a 44 degree approach and departure angle and the company says it can climb a 45 degree incline, as well as operate in nearly 3 feet of standing water. Breakover angle is an equally impressive 135 degrees.

Since the T-Rex is pretty much hand built, it can be outfitted with a variety of cabs and attachments including cargo box and a small crane plus there are two and four door or open top cab configurations. However, the Bremach T-Rex isn't cheap – the cost runs from $96,000 to $140,000.

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