Rich’s EV Ford Ranger
For a while, my friend and mentor Rich has been working on converting a Ford Ranger pickup truck to battery-electric.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been around much whenever he’s working on it, so I don’t have as many photos and documentation on it as I would like.
The truck is converted to electric with an 11″ diameter series-wound forklift motor, connected to the transmission, and keeping the clutch.
The battery system is only 48V, but that keeps in line with the original voltage of the forklift, and makes use of more affordable motor controller and charger. The batteries are all under the bed, and the coolest feature is that it’s a tilt-bed! A hydraulic cylinder powers the bed right up when he needs to access the batteries.
Otherwise, it’s pretty much what you would expect an electric pickup truck to be – turn the key and drive!
I’ll add some more photos and videos of this project when I get a chance.