Endurance electric truck easily pulls gas-guzzling F-150 pickup truck in tug of war
American electric automobile manufacturer Lordstown Motors Corporation has shared a video showing its Endurance pickup truck EV playing a tug of war with Ford’s bestselling gasoline pickup truck F-150.
In the video of the stunt that was staged by electric carmaker Tesla Motors in partnership with the Cybertruck, the Lordstown Endurance electric pickup truck can be seen winning handily, easily pulling the gas-guzzling F-150 pickup truck. The gasoline pickup keeps spinning its wheels in futility as the EV keeps dragging it towards its side.
The organizers said that the tug of war, staged on wet grass, was a test of traction. The traction control feature remained turned off in both vehicles during the tug of war.
For the stunt, a Ford F-150 Lariat EcoBoost from the model year of 2019 was used, in the four-wheel drive and low range. However, the organizers did not specify whether it had the 325-horsepower (hp) 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine or the optional 375-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 variant. The 325-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 is the standard engine in the vehicle, while 375-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 variant is optional. However, both enjoy EcoBoost branding.
The endurance is the first commercial vehicle to feature four in-wheel hub motors. The number of moving parts in the vehicles has significantly reduced, improving vehicle control and reducing maintenance costs. The motors of Endurance have been designed by Slovenian firm Elaphe, but the machines will be built under license by Lordstown at the same Ohio factory complex where the Endurance is under production.
Built from the ground up to be a new environment-friendly pickup truck, the Endurance claims to be smarter, safer and more productive than any other vehicle in the category. It is powered by four in-wheel hub motors, which produce a combined 600-hp.
Pointing to its high power, the company has indicated that there is a possibility of adding some off-road capabilities to it sometime in the future. For the battery pack, the company plans to make use of cylindrical 2170-format cells, with sufficient capacity for a 250-mile range.
Lordstown chief executive Steve Burns said in a statement that the Endurance's body-on-frame platform could also allow the company to create a SUV with the similar features.
Meanwhile, Ford chief executive Jim Farley has also announced an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck, claiming that it would be a workhorse, not a show horse, dropping a strong hint that it would give a tough competition to the Endurance.
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