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I just took a ride in an awesome truck

Here's some photos from the new model from Topeka Electric Motors. It's a 3/4 ton Chevy pickup with a gigantic motor and a boatload of lithium batteries, with an automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, A/C, etc. The motor on this thing is HUGE...a foot or so in diameter. This is a truck that could tow a cement mixer. They're using it as a work truck to deliver electric motors, pumps, and everything else they work on. I took a ride in it this morning, and it runs smoother than a gas truck.

This is the brainchild of a few smart guys at Topeka Electric Motor. These guys are tuning the shift points for an electric motor to get maximum power and efficiency, programming the controller to perfectly match what the motor needs, and basically making a vehicle that beats the pants off anything the big companies with hundreds of engineers have put out.

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iproberry15 years ago
much more Eco-friendly than gas trucks
though still...what happens if you run out of battery...you should always have back-up
caitlinsdad5 years ago
Not meant for heavy off-road use. You can't roll a bowling ball under the driveshaft anymore. Road salt on urban highways would get to the batteries real fast.
It's obviously not a production model yet. As he said, they're tuning the motor(meaning it's experimental).
CameronSS (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
Still has a decent amount of ground clearance, that photo plays with perspective. And no, not particularly intended for off-road use.

Might not be obvious in the photo, they're waterproof-sealed behind a layer of clear plastic on the inside, powder-coated steel on all other sides.