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First Electric Ford F-59 In Production For Sea Electric

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A company called Sea Electric has announced that the first 100 percent electric Ford F-59 is in production for it at the Ford Detroit Chassis Plant in Detroit. This build marks the very first all-electric F-59 produced for the company and is a milestone for the company. SEA Electric CEO Tony Fairweather said that the construction of the Ford F-59 was an exciting step forward for the global electric footprint.

Fairweather also noted that the construction of the new chassis is a big deal for USA operations for the company as it works to fulfill several orders in the pipeline. SEA Electric says that the electric Ford F-59 EV is being built on a Morgan Olson Walk-in Van Body and will be deployed in the fall of this year for delivery routes in the greater Detroit area. The company won’t say which delivery company has ordered the van; it will only say “with a leading package delivery company.”

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The electric Ford F-59 EV will be powered by a SEA Drive 120b power system and boasts 150 kW of continuous power and 250 kW of maximum power along with 2500 Nm of maximum torque. The F-59 EV has an impressive driving range of up to 220 miles. SEA Electric says with fewer moving parts and no emissions, the F-59 EV will be perfect for short stop-start delivery runs.

A full recharge of the battery pack on the EV will take six hours using a 19.2kW single-phase 240V onboard charger. The first van is for an EV trial, and the company is expecting “substantial” follow-on orders from fleet customers in the next 6-12 months. While this is the first 100% electric F-59 van to be built at the Ford plant, a company called Lightning Systems will do an EV conversion on the F-59 right now.

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Source: SEA Electric

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. My F-150 has a nearly 475-mile range and I can refuel it in 10 minutes just about anywhere, but I can’t wait get rid of it for a 220-mile range vehicle that takes hours to refuel because, um, well…”it’s the Future!”

    • Can you refuel it at your home? An EV refuels itself while you sleep because that “energy’ is already piped into your garage. Or are you someone who never uses electricity? I doubt that because you are online and posting here. Go suck on your exhaust pipe with the gas engine on!

      • That would be nice (the home refueling not the tailpipe sucking). However, I would pretty much have to rule out trips farther than 110 miles from home because they would just be too inconvenient. As it happens, I do have a garage, but if I were someone who lived in a large city and parked on the street or even in a parking lot, I would be unable to refuel even at home. I’ll take a pass until they can solve those issues.

    • You could get the F59 with the V-10 6.8 liter engine if you prefer. Just like this electric version, you would have to add the seats, the doors, the windows, the body and such. The F59 is a great platform for fleet customization.

      This is not a replacement for an F150, it’s just a chasis and power train for delivery vans and panel trucks.

  2. That 220 mile distance is 354 kilometers, which is a decent distance for a local delivery van loaded with only 3,000 or 4,000 pounds of cargo. Detroit has the same weather as Toronto, so if it works well during winter months there, it will work in NYC, Chicago, Boston, Montreal and Toronto. Of course, the vehicle will have to be parked inside overnight a warm ( at least 50 degrees F ) garage during the winter as battery power drops by half at the freezing point. The big question is, how much extra is this EV over the gas engine version that can run on cheap $1.50 a gallon LPG propane? If it costs more than about $12,000 more than the gas version, then the payback period is at least 3 to 4 years, plus interest charges on the extra $12,000 it costs for the EV. Today’s batteries will last about 7 years, then they will need to be replaced at a huge cost of $6,000 to $9,000 with the next generation of cheaper batteries that will hit the market in 3 years from now. The interest charges on the $12,000 extra cost are $170 a month over a 7 year period.

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