Last week Ford unveiled a 1978 Ford F-100 truck retrofitted with their new electric crate motor. Dubbed the Eluminator, the F-100 concept was shown off at the 2021 SEMA show as a way to promote the launch of the crate motor.
After its unveiling Ford put the crate motor up for sale at $3,900 USD each. The price point was apparently very attractive to consumers, with Ford saying interest in the Eluminator e-crate motor exceeded their expectations and sold out the next day.
If you missed out on purchasing one, don’t worry. In a statement to Ford Authority, the North American director of Ford Accessories, Mark Wilson, said the automaker is planning to provide enough supply to meet demand.
“We’ll make as many units as we need to, as the market demands,” he said.
The Eluminator produces 281 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque and is small enough to fit in almost any vehicle. Ford sells only the motor, so you will still have to source the batteries and other components. Ford does plan on supplying these parts eventually, which should make the conversion process much easier.
If you are looking for another way to convert your classic hot road to electric, two Vancouver Island companies are doing just that. Canadian Electric Vehicles (canEV) and Webb Motorworks design electric engines that fit into standard engine mounts with minimal integration.