Missed out? There's still hope.
Ford is definitely on to something. Not only was its 1978 F-100-based Eluminator Concept pickup truck a smash hit at last week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but so is what's under the hood. According to Mark Wilson, director of Ford Accessories, the Eluminator EV crate motor from Ford Performance Parts is sold out.
Fortunately, the era of the EV crate motor is only beginning. "We'll make as many as we need to, as the market demands," Wilson said. Priced at just $3,900, the e-crate motor, part No. M-9000-MACH-E, has a total of 281 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. And yes, it's legal in all 50 states.
Ford managed to pack two of them in the Eluminator truck itself for a grand total of 480 hp and 634 lb-ft of twist. Thanks to its compact size (just 22.5 inches in length), it's totally possible for two to fit in a vehicle, one for each axle. This is the same motor that powers the already on sale Mustang Mach-E GT.
There's been a great deal of hype on social media about the F-100 Eluminator itself as it represents endless possibilities for custom builds. Taking a vintage vehicle and turning it into an EV could very well be the next big thing for restomods.
Anyone interested in building their dream EV using this motor should know that Ford does not sell key components like batteries. That's for the builder to figure out. Ford will expand its e-motor parts catalog in the near future with accessories like traction inverters, controllers, and battery systems. We don't know at this time when more e-motors will become available but it shouldn't take too long given the high demand.
Ford isn't the only big-name automaker getting into the e-crate motor business. Last year at SEMA, Chevrolet Performance revealed an all-electric K5 Blazer powered by a Chevy Bolt powertrain. Again, endless possibilities.