Forget about the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T, there’s a new electric truck in town.

    The Ford F-100 Eluminator is a concept truck showcasing the Blue Oval’s electric ‘crate’ motor. The concept is based on a 1978 F-100, but has two electric motors for a combined 360kW of power and 860Nm of torque.

    It’s all-wheel drive, naturally, and has been given a Ford Performance makeover.

    The chassis is bespoke for the concept, and the exterior is finished in Avalanche Grey with copper accents.

    Inside, the dashboard is billet aluminium and the upholstery is unique to this car. You’ll also notice the driver display and 15.5-inch screen have been lifted from the Mustang Mach-E, running Ford’s latest Sync 4 infotainment.

    The Eluminator is Ford’s first electric crate motor.

    For decades, hot rodders and drag racers have been making their ordinary cars extraordinary with crate motors.

    The engines – usually big V8s – are delivered to owners like a heart without a body, and installed in whatever deranged project they’re working on.

    It won’t replace the range of V8 crate engines Ford Performance currently offers, but the motor (nicked from the Mach-E) does give people turning their classic cars into EVs a plug-and-play solution with the backing of the Ford name.

    Measuring up at 570mm long, 345mm wide and 370mm tall, the crate motor will fit into a huge range of cars.

    It’s not clear what battery Ford suggests pairing it with, or if it will leave that up to owners’ ingenuity.

    Ford’s new e-motor will go head-to-head with a crate motor from Chevrolet. Dubbed eCrate, the Chevy motor has 149kW of power and 361Nm, and is part of a conversion kit including a battery pack.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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