I'm a lay person when it comes to this type of stuff. I've kept tabs in the past on Tesla Motors, and last saw that they were introducing an AWD sedan. Very nice, but WAY out of my budget for just a car.
In my smattering of research thus far, I happened upon an interesting site called evhelp.com. That got me thinking about potential conversion ideas. This weekend while in Denver, I really started fantacizing about the prospects of a 4 x 4, 1 ton dually thats all electric. What got me really going on this thought process is the fact that for now, our daily driver happens to be a 2008 1 ton chevy dually 4x4, 3500HD with a 6L gas engine. It gets an incredible 10- 13 mpg! Great truck! Awesome transmission! Expensive to drive!
Wife is talking me into a used Nissan Murano 6 cyl AWD that gets 27mpg as our daily driver.
The reason we have the dually, is because we're building a small farm here in Colorado at 9200 feet, in the mountains west of Pueblo. We get extreme weather, and we needed a dependable 4 x 4 cargo type truck in a bad way! Our '93 k-5 blazer gave up the drive train (tranny & transfer case) because of the loads we placed it under. Plus, it has about 200k miles on it and needs an extensive overall. That k-5 rocked in the snow though, with 10 ply Cooper SST's for meat!
Anyhow, with no offense intended, I see that many folks have successfully made short range "mini" vehicles that are all electric. However, has anyone attempted, or at least have plans on paper for an actual farm and ranch work truck?
I'm talking about a truck that has 4 wheel drive, with at least a 22,000 lb GCVW rating, and a 400 mile range that can do upwards of 80mph on the freeway.
I really need the range for hauling supplies, hay and livestock. Also, when I come up from the flat lands, the lowest elevation I go through is around 4500 feet, then starts the mountain pass proper, I'm going from about 6000 feet to home at 9200 feet, over 17 miles of road in that stretch. My shortest round trips are about 80 miles. This usually involves getting a few tons of hay, about 500lbs of feed, etc... I also tend to drag my 16' flat bed trailer along as well, and it has an empty weight of right at 2000 lbs.
I would think this would place a big strain on the battery/ motor/ controller/ et-al. So, I'm speculating that the system would essentially have to be "overdone", or over engineered to provide enough power for the demand, and to ensure long life of the batteries, etc...
If its possible to create a 1 ton 4x4 dually with a 22,000 lb GCVW rating, I'd love to here about it. Again, I know not a whole lot about the EV stuff, and am not a very good mechanic... but I know enough to keep my ICE mechanic honest.
If it is possible, I'd be interested in buying; I hear what's called a 'donor' vehicle, this coming year for the purpose of converting it. Perhaps a 70's model 1 ton with a manual tranny?