All-Electric Ford F-100 shows off new EV Crate Motor

You know we love a good F100 around here. This particular one is a 1978 F-100 that’s been transformed to highlight a brand-new crate motor from the Blue Oval brand. The truck is called the Eluminator and it is essentially wearing the go-fast parts from the new Mach-E GT. And if you’re going to wrap something around those parts, an F-100 is a great choice.

Electric crate engines are going to be a blast. The more the merrier as competition will help bring down the price, hopefully. For now, though, it’s great to see Ford dole one out and use a classic truck as the platform on which to display it. Classic cars can have a second life with EV power. As much as we love the rumble of a proper V8 engine, we also appreciate the wonderful personality and capability that an EV swap delivers.

This truck uses two electric motors. There’s one at the front and one out back. In total, you’re looking at an F-100 with 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of torque. A custom chassis was built to mate F-100 to Mach-E GT parts. A set of 19″x10″ wheels sit at each corner and wear 275-series Michelins.

Here’s the fun part of the truck. The crate motor, which is labeled as Part No. M-9000-Mach-E will be offered for sale through Ford Performance Parts. The retail price is $3,900 which seems downright reasonable to me. Especially since it’s an electric box you can put in an old vehicle and have it spit out 281 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Right now, Ford is just selling the motor. You’ll need batteries and controllers to make it all work correctly. In time, Ford plans to offer those bits too. Down the road, Ford will offer a fully turnkey electric-swap solution.

And yes, I’m sitting here daydreaming about swapping one into my Montero…

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17 responses to “All-Electric Ford F-100 shows off new EV Crate Motor”

  1. Neight428 Avatar

    I say put two of them in the back of a Pantera.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    I love the concept and exterior. The interior is a soulless letdown though, and the extra layer of hiding/non-hiding in the engine bay makes me go ??‍♂️. Still dreaming of converting vintage Korean semi-luxury to EV silence and power.

    We are done test driving new EVs now except for the Mach E. Not sure we spend that much on a new car anyway, but I am looking forward to driving one nonetheless.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Perhaps the hiding/non-hiding treatment is meant to evoke the 1954 Ford dealer demonstration hood.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Ah, now it makes more sense. Approval granted.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      I still wish I could’ve EV-swapped my W114. Would’ve been PERFECT for it. The driving experience would’ve been improved, the trunk has TONS of space for batteries and controllers. And with a curb weight about 1k pounds under a Model S (assuming that’s the battery and motors we would’ve used), the range could potentially be quite good (minus aero of course).

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Alas, the Wombat is gone for good? Or is it still waiting to be treated? Lots of older cars of this size could be improved upon for daily driving this way…if the owner wants. There is still a lot of resistance to EV modding in my neck of the woods.

        1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
          Jeff Glucker

          It’s still there.
          It will happen.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            Fingers crossed! You know, I always wondered where you got that patience from. Now that my Centennial has been away for 7+ months for maintenance I kind of get that you’ll just have to let it go. A bit. Looking forward to seeing the reanimation video!

  3. OA5599 Avatar

    I don’t get the math. Each motor is 281 hp, but combined they add up to 480?

    Dentside Fords are good looking trucks. I don’t know why they couldn’t have just gone with stock appearance on this one. Or if they wanted to retromod it, go all in

    1. GTXcellent Avatar

      My thoughts exactly. I hate that 90’s style monochromatic look. Would have been almost perfect if they’d have left the chrome (and slapped on some Cragars or slot mags instead of those boring stock hubcaps)

    2. scoutdude Avatar

      The real horsepower is the battery that is supplying it. HP is directly related to the current flowing through the motor. With the EV-150 one of the spokespeople actually called out that it was available with a 426 HP battery or a 563 HP battery instead of referring to them by their range. So in this application the battery they used is what is limiting the peak HP (and torque). With the right battery you could get 562 HP out of two of these.

  4. I_Borgward Avatar

    If Ford -really- wants to sell their electric conversion kits, the best demo by far would be a no-BS electric work truck. Show how someone could build a basic utility pickup for use on the farm or for the shop from an old F150. Do soup-to-nuts conversion demos in dealer parking lots. How cool would it be to have a truck for the back forty that you never needed to put gas/diesel in? Pretty cool, I’d say. And building one yourself to suit your own needs? Very cool.

    1. scoutdude Avatar

      The problem with this set up is that is is for the Mach E which has IRS and IFS so it has two outputs, one for each wheel. This is essentially a Mach E that is dressed up to look like a F100.

      However my thought of a reasonable use for this is in an off-road buggy or it could make a good farm rig.

      Take 1 4×4 remove engine, transmission and transfer case. Place this unit where the transfer case was. Because it has a differential you may want to split the case and give it a Lincoln Locker. Now marry the inner axle shaft joint to the existing driveshafts. The gears in the axles effectively give it a low range. You’d have good pulling power for moving just about anything around the farm, pulling stumps ect. Of course you would want to add the AC power supply like in the Lightning so you can run your welder out in the field when you need to fix the tractor where it broke.

  5. BobWellington Avatar

    It’s pretty cool, though that screen just looks so ridiculous…

  6. Salguod Avatar

    It seems there is a huge opportunity for inclusive EV conversion kits. Not a motor and you figure out the rest, but full kits.

    How many V8 RWD old cars are out there? Make a motor, battery and controller kit that will live in the space of a small block V8 and an automatic transmission. Start with dedicated mounts for popular models. You’d have to add kits for HVAC and power steering, but start with the basic drop in drivetrain.

    How is it that no one has done this yet?

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      This is my question as well. I’m a sucker for a good old-fashioned V8, but I would be seriously tempted to drop in an electric powertrain if I could get the entire kit. I’m fine with conventional ICE swaps, but I’d be a lost ball in high weeds trying to sort out how to wire all of that stuff up.