James Glickenhaus has made some bold claims.
Now that the new Ford F-150 Lightning has been revealed, does any other electric pickup truck stand a chance? Predicting exactly when the Tesla Cybertruck will arrive is a fool's errand. The Rivian R1T truck looks promising but will start at a much more expensive $67,500 and the same goes for the brutish GMC Hummer EV, which will start at just under $80,000. Well, someone that is confident of having a "better electric solution" than the Lightning is James Glickenhaus. In a lengthy Facebook post that went up after the Ford's unveiling, Glickenhaus seemed bullish about the prospects of his company's planned hydrogen fuel cell Boot pickup truck.
Glickenhaus is the boss at Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) and last year, it was the racing Glickenhaus Boot that beat the Bronco R race truck at the Baja 1000 despite rolling over. Based on Glickenhaus's latest post on Facebook, the toned-down, road-going, hydrogen-powered Boot will be something special. Using hydrogen fuel cells much like the new Toyota Mirai, the engineers are aiming for a phenomenal 1,200-mile range with the four-door model and shorter bed. A two-door variant will have a 600-mile range which is still more than any other EV currently on the market. Of course, charging speeds for fuel cell vehicles remain a big plus.
"We will introduce a re-fueling solution which you'll need a lot less often, that will be simple and easily available worldwide 24/7/365," said Glickenhaus. "This is especially important for fleets, contractors, first responders, and utility companies who want zero-emission vehicles that can quickly be refueled anywhere."
The SCG boss pointed to the Boot's Baja 1000 successes as evidence that his team's goals are not far-fetched and once again invited Tesla and Ford to compete at the 2022 edition of the off-roading endurance race. Having previously spoken about the hydrogen-powered Boot, Glickenhaus now wants to enter it into the 2022 Baja 1000. While details of SCG's re-fueling solution aren't clear, it will be intriguing to see if the Boot can live up to these claims.