As if hoping to assert dominance in a jail-lawn hierarchy, electrical-truck makers are lining up to take on the greatest identify in the company.
Repeating a stunt staged by Tesla with the Cybertruck, Lordstown Motors on Wednesday produced a online video showing its Stamina electric pickup truck in a tug of war with a Ford F-150—not only the bestselling pickup truck in the United States, but the bestselling automobile, period.
The Stamina won handily, effortlessly pulling the F-150 as the gasoline pickup spun its wheels in futility.
Billed as a take a look at of traction, the tug of war was staged on wet grass, with traction command turned off in both of those automobiles, according to Lordstown.
A 2019 Ford F-150 Lariat EcoBoost was applied, with the truck in four-wheel travel and lower vary picked, in accordance to Lordstown. Having said that, the corporation did not specify no matter whether it had the 325-horsepower 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that was common on the Lariat trim amount for 2019, or the optional 375-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, which equally get EcoBoost branding.
The Stamina is run by 4 in-wheel hub motors, manufacturing a mixed 600 horsepower, Lordstown earlier stated, promising that they will also support enable the off-highway capacity lots of pickup customers anticipate.
The motors ended up created by Slovenian company Elaphe, but will be designed beneath license by Lordstown at the exact Ohio factory complicated as the Endurance.
The motors appear a little bit like aged-fashioned drum brakes—to easily bolt to present suspension systems. Shifting the motors out to the hubs potentially delivers added place within just a vehicle’s footprint, but could also boost unsprung weight, impacting experience quality and managing.
Experience and handling might not be big concerns for the Endurance, which is aimed at fleet buyers, but in-wheel hub motors also feel more exposed to injury in the rough-and-tumble environments the truck is intended for.
For the battery pack, Lordstown strategies to use cylindrical 2170-format cells, with sufficient capability for a 250-mile range. The Endurance’s human body-on-frame platform could also aid an SUV, Lordstown CEO Steve Burns formerly explained to Green Vehicle Studies.
In the meantime, Ford CEO Jim Farley recently mentioned that the automaker’s forthcoming F-150 Electric powered would be “a workhorse, not a showhorse,” indicating it might contend with the Endurance for fleet potential buyers.
When that model debuts, perhaps a rematch will be in buy?