Ford announced their electric box engine, the Eluminator, a few months ago, and teased it they would reveal more about it around the SEMA era, the magical time of year when the leaves change color and the car manufacturers paint their cars in fun colors that they would not normally sell to you. Well, the SEMA season is here, and Ford kept their promise by pushing a pair of (well, almost) Eluminators into a fun, restored 1978 Ford F-100 truck.
The F-100 Eluminator concept greedily takes parts from Ford’s Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, which is where its engines (and battery pack and center stack display inside and probably a lot of other things) come from, one for each axle and producing a combined 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque.
The familiar, square F-100 body has been kept remarkably intact, with most cosmetic changes limited to the color palette, which is pale gray and bronze, including the chrome parts that have been painted here. I especially like the use of the old, stamped metal dog bowls hubcaps.
The lighting has also been changed, with frosted white lenses used for turn signals, side markers and taillights, and some interesting custom rectangular sealed beam units with bronze cladding made for the headlights.
Under the bonnet, he thoughtfully managed to cram Ford in a bit, but usable trunk / frunk area and there is a clear window under the bonnet so you can admire the electric inverter hardware and all the other fun things that do not move:
The inner hood also lifts if you want a better look at your brake booster, 12V battery, shock tower and other exciting things:
The battery pack is probably mounted under the truck, which should have plenty of room for a nice, hefty battery pack.
Based on Ford’s interior image, that battery pack should be good for over 227 miles if we rely on the dashboard display, which along with the iPad-with-a-button-centered infotainment screen seems to have come straight out of a Mach -E.
However, it is not clear how people are expected to get battery packs. So far, Ford has not announced a box battery pack plan, leaving builders to pick up packages from Broken Leafs and what else can they buy, I guess?
If Ford wants to sell box EV powertrains, they really should also be selling box battery solutions, and I’m not the only one suggesting this. You could buy a gas tank when you bought a V8 engine, and it really shouldn’t be much different. I mean, anything other than a battery pack is far more expensive than a gas tank.
Overall, I think this truck looks great, and it’s a good reminder that old charming vehicles could be revived with these electric box engines. The whole thing is very appealing, modern and nostalgic. They just need to be better able to provide people with battery packs if they are serious about constructions like this.