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Ford’s 1.25-million-pound F-150 EV demo was easier than it looked, explains engineer

Ford’s 1.25-million-pound F-150 EV demo was easier than it looked, explains engineer

A week ago, Ford stood out as truly newsworthy when it discharged a video of its up and coming F-150 electric pickup truck pulling what must be depicted as an unbelievable measure of weight. In the exhibit, the up and coming vehicle pulled ten twofold decker rail autos, both vacant and stacked with 42 gas-consuming F-150s. The heaviness of the rail autos with the pickups in them was an incredible 1.25 million pounds, yet the F-150 EV had the option to pull everything with no issue. 

The show was staggeringly amazing, in a split second overshadowing the accomplishments of solidarity from other remarkable vehicles like the Tesla Model X, which pulled a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the Toyota Tundra, which towed a Space Shuttle. As indicated by auto fan and mechanical architect Jason Fenske of YouTube's Engineering Explained channel, however, Ford's showing is in reality far simpler than it looked. 

Fenske takes note of that both the 787 Dreamliner and Space Shuttle pulled by the Model X and Tundra rode on elastic tires. Then again, the rail vehicles pulled by the electric Ford F-150 laid on steel wheels riding on steel railroad tracks. This, the designer clarifies, has a striking effect, especially with respect to the coefficient of moving obstruction (the proportion of the power required to pull a rotational mass). 

"Steel does not twist much by any means, which is the reason railways use steel wheels on steel tracks. This signifies a very low coefficient of moving obstruction—about 0.0015. To pull a 10,000-pound train over a level surface, you just need a 15-pound power. For a truck to move a 1.25-million-pound train, it just requires around 1,875 pounds of power," Fenske composed. 

The designer includes that for the most part, the greatest power a 4WD truck can produce will be comparable to its weight, for the most part because of the hold of its tires. Since the electric Ford F-150 model utilized in the exhibition was unquestionably more than 1,875 pounds, it would truly have no issues pulling the 1.25-million-pound load. Had the F-150 EV endeavored such an accomplishment with a heap furnished with pneumatic tires on asphalt, the showing would most unquestionably have brought about a vastly different result. 

Fenske's focuses were plot in an article on Road and Track, which dug more into the math behind Ford's exhibition. A Ford representative has reacted to Fenske's contentions, calling attention to that the architect's counts did not assess speeding up. The architect composed that he is right now trusting that Ford will give more data about the demo, so as to figure precisely how much power the show took. 

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While the F-150 EV's accomplishment of solidarity could be clarified by the automaker's decision of load, the exhibit stays really great in any case. It does, assuming any, raise enthusiasm for the forthcoming vehicle. Shockingly, Ford Chief Product Development Officer Hau Thai-Tang noted during a meeting with Yahoo Finance's The First Trade that the all-electric adaptation of the F-150 is still "two or three years out," however a mixture form will be discharged in 2020.

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