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DIYev wrote: ↑Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:03 am
voltamps wrote: ↑Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:55 am
The big car makers have completeyl failed to build a small EV pickup to do things like hit Home Depot, or run around a ranch with fencing or feed in the bed, also useful for work commutes under 50 miles round trip, you know. Good 2nd vehicle.
Chevy made an electric S10 in 1997-1998 and Ford an electric Ranger in 1997-2002. I've only ever seen the latter available these days.
But I agree; even a modern ICE compact pickup option would be great to have. Something like the Chevy Montana ute made in Brazil.
I had forgotten about those. The later Ranger EVs had Ni-MH battery packs which have almost the power density as modern Li-ion packs. (GM's EV1 had Ni-MH packs in the last years too.)
As for GM's S10 EVs of the EV1 era (same powertrain), that has inspired my new all-original documentary I'll entitle "Who Killed the Electric S-10?"
Good around-town workhorses, and great with a Leaf system installed, somehow. It'd be a little harder due to FWD vs. RWD setups though. Maybe just get rid of the front suspension of the PU entirely & replace with the Leaf's subframe etc. Loads in the back are mostly supported by the rear bearings anyway (delete the differential back there & let it ride on the bearings alone).
Ford, GM, are you listening?