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Ford turned one of its iconic retro trucks into an EV, but don’t get your hopes up, you can’t buy it

You can’t buy the truck, but you can buy the electric engine under the hood.

Ford f100 eluminator concept truck
Image: Ford

Ford’s got a long history of making one-off cars to showcase its own engines, like when it made a 1,400-horsepower electric Mustang to whip around the race track, and another 1,400-horsepower electric car for the drag track. Now it’s created a different beast altogether, with a retro-styled F-100 with an electric drivetrain.

The Ford F-100 Eluminator concept truck was made for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, one of the biggest yearly conventions for aftermarket car suppliers and custom builders.

Ford is in a unique position here as they both manufacture production vehicles and also parts that custom builders create their own vehicles with.

Ford f100 eluminator concept truck dashboard
Image: Ford

While the outside is very much like the 1978 F-100 pickup truck that inspired the build, most of the interior and powertrain are lifted straight out of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition crossover electric vehicle.

That means twin front and rear electric traction motors which combine to create 480-horsepower and 634 lb.-ft of torque. Whew, that’s a powerful truck, but you still can’t buy one for any money.

Ford f100 eluminator concept truck engine bay
Image: Ford

That’s right, you can’t buy this Ford F-100 Eluminator, which is a crying shame as everyone I showed the pictures to yesterday said they’d buy one instantly if it was on the market. What you can buy is the e-crate motor that Ford used two of in the Eluminator, which costs $3,900.

That gets you the same 281hp, street-legal, electric motor that Ford uses in the 2021 Mustang Mach E GT, so you can drop it into your electrification project.

At this time, it doesn’t include anything else that you need like a control system, traction inverter, or batteries, which you’ll have to source on your own, but Ford does have plans to build out their electric ecosystem so you’ll be able to buy the entire kit you need at some point.

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