Plug-In Pickup To Be Built By Indiana Based EMC


Grill Shot Of The New EMC Flash

Grill Shot Of The New EMC Flash

Electric Motors Corporation has released this teaser photo of its new truck, the Flash, scheduled for a full unveiling in November.  The vehicle, to be built with Manufacturing partner Gulfstream Coach at a facility in Indiana, will be constructed using frame and some mechanicals from a Ford F-150.  According to Will Cashen, CEO of EMC,  “It’s an electric truck with an onboard range-extender generator system.  We’ve taken an F-150 and have done something similar to Tesla, where they used a Lotus sports car for the underpinnings of their electric car."

Like the Chevy Volt the Flash will use an electric motor to drive the wheels, with a gasoline powered back-up generator set to replenish the battery when charge drops beneath a specified level.

According to Cashen “The unique thing about a truck is that [battery] packaging isn’t an issue like it is for cars.”  The Flash will have three different battery options: The smallest, least-expensive configuration is expected to get the equivalent of 40 mpg. Adding a second layer of batteries is estimated to get up to 100 mpg and adding a third set, Cashen said, will return up to 250 mpg. The batteries are mounted in-between the truck’s frame rails.

The Flash is expected to tow up to 5,700 pounds and carry up to 1,940 pounds, much like the lighter-duty 4-cylinder version of the Ford F-150 (which was discontinued this year).  However, it won’t be able to handle many off-road scenarios. Cashen said it’s primarily designed as an on-road truck.

EMC is projecting a sub $50,000.00 cost per unit, before the $7,500.00 federal tax credit.

A heavier, commercial truck called the thunderbolt, with greater power and battery capacity, is to follow the introduction (in small numbers) of  the Flash in 2010.

[SOURCE: Pickup Trucks.com]

 
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