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Eluminator crate motor can turn classic truck into electric truck

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The days of the LS swap are coming to an end soon (maybe) to be replaced by electric motor swaps into classic trucks and cars. That’s the concept behind the Eluminator crate motor, showcased during the Chicago Auto Show in a retro-fitted 1978 Ford F-100. Does it all sound like blasphemy? Maybe, maybe not.

This F-100 pickup truck that had a modern electric motor from 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition. It may seem like an unusual pairing, but it blends old with new, and we think it’s quite interesting.

The all-electric Ford F-100 Eluminator concept truck made its first appearance at the 2021 SEMA Show.

Ford F-100 Eluminator

Upon first glance you think you’re looking at a classic Ford F-100. It looks every bit the part with an Avalanche Gray exterior with Cerakote Copper accents applied by Brand X Customs. Inside JJR Fabrication adds retro-feeling avocado-tanned leather upholstery. The custom 19×10-inch billet aluminum three-piece wheels by Forgeline are wrapped in Michelin Latitude Sport 275/45-19 high-performance tires.

“Our F-100 Eluminator concept is a preview of how we’re supporting customers as they go all-electric and embrace zero-tailpipe emissions performance, even for our heritage vehicles,” said Eric Cin, global director, Vehicle Personalization, Accessories and Licensing.

Eluminator e-crate motor

Though the e-crate motor is similar to motor you’ll find in the Mustang Mach-E GT, which produces 480 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque, the Eluminator e-crate motor produces 281 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.

The official e-crate motor part number is M-9000-MACH-E and can be ordered at any authorized Ford parts warehouse dealers or online at Ford Performance Parts. The retail price is $3,900 and can fit a wide range of new and classic vehicles including cars, trucks and SUVs. Additionally, the motor swap is street-legal in all 50 states.

“The fact is, electric performance is fun, and as the industry moves toward electric vehicles, motorsports and the performance aftermarket will too,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance. “Just as Ford is committed to leading the electric revolution on the product side, Ford Performance is equally committed to winning on the performance and motorsports front.”

The bottom line on Ford’s Eluminator crate motor

Swapping in an electric motor for a gasoline engine probably sounds treasonous to many. The push back against it will be huge. But for those ready to embrace the future but still hold onto the past, this seems like a great compromise.

If nothing else, that 1978 F-100 looks so nice. Trucks sure looked amazing back then (not that they don’t look great now). But I’m a sucker for classic trucks, even ones with modern electric motors under the hood.

What do you think about this? Does this sound like a fun project or heresy? Leave us your comments.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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  1. Jo September 26, 2022

    Can they than be a toad???

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