Since facts about electric vehicles are more widely accepted than they were a year ago, saying that EV cars and trucks are now firmly entrenched in the particular global automotive space is the equivalent of banging a nail directly on its head! EVs are usually rolling, almost to a point where battery-electric or gas-electric hybrid cars and SUVs are everywhere you look.
With GMC Hummers , Rivian’s R1T, plus Ford F-150 Lightnings currently in circulation, and Chevy’s Silverado upon deck for 2024 , yes, ELECTRONIC VEHICLES technology in the pickup truck space definitely has a full charge. And modified factory-built electrical rigs, radical custom builds, and the hardware that facilitates their existence all shared a ton of spotlight at the 2022 SEMA Show in “SEMA Electrified, ” a 21, 000 sq-ft, 60-exhibit (35 vehicles), dedicated space inside North Hall, and at other locations throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Content producers in MotorTrend’s Truck and Off-Road Group have put together photo-gallery reports from SEMA 2022, focusing on the biggest and coolest trucks . In the EV sector, MotorTrend’s “The InEVitable” published the feature article about the all-electric 1987 Datsun Sunny with a Nissan Leaf powertrain that was showcased in Nismo’s (Nissan’s motorsports/performance arm) booth.
Yes, customized, electrified trucks now have full inclusion in the SEMA display strategy. Here are examples of the particular best ELECTRONIC VEHICLES rigs of the 2022 SEMA Show, along with some of the key parts plus systems that are making ICE-to-EV conversions possible.
In our world associated with Lightnings, Silverado EVs, and Rivian R1Ts, seeing Endurance, a true production EV pickup (albeit by a very small manufacturer), was refreshing. Lordstown Motors is the Pennsylvania-based company that is building these half-ton, crew-cab pickups.
Real-Deal, All-Wheel Horsepower
Power hits all four corners of Stamina directly at the wheels, as the particular electric motors are mounted on the hubs. Targeted peak torque is 4, 971 lb-ft, with 440 horsepower.
Charging, Range and Towing
The three major statistics for ELECTRONIC VEHICLES trucks are usually the amount of time they require for charging (typically to 80 percent), the distance they can travel on a full cost, and their towing capacity. Using a 150-kWh charger, lithium-ion batteries inside a Lordstown Motors Endurance can achieve 80-percent charge in 45 minutes. The company is shooting with regard to an EPA-recorded 200-mile journey range, as well as the pickup has an 8, 000-pound towing capability.
Jeep CJ Surge Concept
This rig was created to give Jeep designers and engineers the ability to explore efficient battery-electric propulsion systems for classic Jeeps. Despite being battery powered, the particular CJ Surge is otherwise “all 4×4, ” with a 2-inch lift, 18×8-inch wheels, 35-inch BFGoodrich tires, front/rear Dana 44 axles, bumper plates, rock rails, and the Warn winch.
Here’s a look at the 400-volt, 200 kW electric drive module (motor) that powers the all-wheel-drive concept Vehicle. A two-speed Jeep transfer case along with selectable gearing manages torque.
Fill ‘Er Up
A plug-in port regarding battery charging is installed in the Jeep’s original fuel-fill location.
A total of 24 lithium-ion battery modules enclosed in this custom rear-mounted shell provide all the power that’s necessary intended for operating the CJ Rise.
The center console is taken directly from the JK, Jeep’s latest Wrangler. Driver and passenger sit on customized cloth seats with houndstooth inserts, plus look ahead through a windshield that has been cut 2 inches. A custom-built rollcage protects occupants from injury in the event of an accident.
Copper Canyon, Gloss Black, and Surf Blue Surge are the particular colors that were chosen to give this electric Jeep its identity.
1987 Datsun Sunlit
We found this cool OG Datsun pickup in Nismo’s display in the convention center’s West Corridor. Details on its electrification and other Tommy Pike Design modifications (including a Nissan Skyline’s fascia grafted to the front) are covered within the aforementioned “InEVitable” report.
One associated with the Sunny’s qualities that really stands out is the bed-mounted electric battery that isn’t seen, thanks to very clever engineering. A small section of the particular bedfloor must be removed in order to detect the cell, giving the truck a fully utilitarian cargo area.
Here’s a great example of the particular wide variety of vehicles which are now receiving batteries. We actually walked past this sand buggy twice , before noticing the solar-panel roof and investigating further.
All in the Name
This tank is painted to look like a battery. Bug Juiced actually will be a company name—bugjuiced. com is usually an upstart outfit that will EV-converts automobiles originally equipped with air-cooled Volkswagen powerplants.
Unfortunately, details about the buggy’s new electric powered motor and other aspects of its construction were minimal. But this definitely is really cool technology.
Motor, battery, plus various power-distribution pieces are usually mounted at the back of the fine sand buggy, where an air-cooled Volkswagen engine typically resides. Look closely at the particular battery-themed tank, and the simulated “juice” flowing through the clear tube.
How to convert a vehicle to battery-electric power is a big question that many enthusiasts are asking now. Ampere EV’s Atom Drive system is an all-inclusive package that helps a hobbyist get it done. It can be configured having a 42 kWh or 8 kWh battery pack, and motor options that will range between 150kW and 250kW. There are inline plus transaxle drivelines available, as well as equipment that supports adding creature comforts and accessories to the EV-converted rig.
Anything with a stick shift is definitely fun in order to drive. But can you imagine the BEV with a manual transmission? Electra-Five’s E-Train package makes this all possible. The bundle features a five-speed gearbox, flywheel, clutch and release bearing, a transmission mount, plus a motor-to-transmission adapter.
An electric motor can be the second key piece in the particular Electra-Five setup. Although it makes 120 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque—which are small numbers by current standards—the uniqueness of this drivetrain combination makes it very cool.
It certainly can make good sense for a battery company to build out a couple of Rivians—pickup and SUV—for the great outdoors …
Power in the Ready
… and to develop a tag-along lithium power station that has the capacity to keep rigs charged anywhere, any time.
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