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Published on April 9th, 2011 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Awesomesauce Saturday: Italian EV Truck Puts U.S. Pickups to Shame

We love trucks here in America (guilty), so convincing people to move away from petrol-powered pickups will be difficult. If we only had more mainstream options like the Bremech T-Rex, an EV work truck that puts most pickups to shame.

Bremech, based out of Italy, already offers a hybrid version of its T-Rex work truck, and now they’ve gone and upped the ante by offering a battery-electric version, as well as a CNG V8. The BEV T-Rex is not your average pickup though; from its state-of-the-art space frame to its hand-assembled body and wide variety of engines, this is a vehicle as versatile as you can be creative.

Arguably the biggest difficulty that comes with building an electric car isn’t moving the vehicle on electricity, but rather powering all the secondary systems (heat, CD player, headlights, etc.) Bremach seems to have solved those problems with the T-Rex, claiming 100 to 150 miles of range under work conditions, which is mighty impressive if you ask me as the T-Rex has a carrying capacity of almost four tons and a GVWR of 10,000 pounds (thanks to the aforementioned space frame.)

It’s a 4×4, can be configured in a variety of ways, and can climb slopes at 44 degree angles. The electric motor offers 200 kW of power from the 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and this ballsy little truck don’t take no guff from the likes of its gas-powered cousin. It’s even available as a series-hybrid with a 40 kWh battery that offers a 50-200% fuel economy improvement, and between 30 and 60 miles of all-electric range. Basically, this is the wet dream of many fleet owners; a capable medium-duty truck that has very low operating and maintaining costs. The downside? MSRP starts at $120,000 for the BEV, and $140,000 for the hybrid. That’ll put a dent in your bank account.

Which brings a few questions to my head. Bremach has been around since the 1950’s, so they’re no spring chicken when it comes to building trucks. So why hasn’t any other major automaker gone down this road? Are you telling me that a company like GM or Ford, with their massive factories and armies of engineers, can’t develop a capable, 100 mile EV pickup truck, and sell it for half the price of the T-Rex? Perhaps it is because the Big Three think they will have a hard time convincing and selling electric pickups to the average truck buyer. But what about fleet buyers?

Ford had an EV ranger in the 90’s, and such a truck would sell like hotcakes right now (I just paid $3.89 a gallon for gas.) Hell Ford, keep the current Ranger around, hotwire it with a battery and electric motor, and watch it fly off dealership lots. The F-150 and Chevy Silverado have been the best selling vehicles in America for decades; surely there are some truck owners out there for whom an EV pickup with limited range would work rather well.

Pipe dream, I know. But at least I have the Awesomesauce T-Rex.

Source: Bremach

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.


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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or esle, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • http://Web steve

    Totally awesome – id buy one if I could…. but chances are this will never come to the US. Perfect for pretty much everything given its electric, and has good range. But a 4×4, I can also take to the mountains/desert, go camping with, & tow stuff… absolutely freakin’ amazing!

  • http://Web brian

    Unless the build quality of Italian made vehicles has improved dramatically, I’d be avoiding that thing like the plague.

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  • http://www.greenoptimistic.com Ovidiu

    You’d better not complain about your $3.98/gallon, which is 3.78 liters. Throughout the entire Europe (more or less), we pay double.

    • http://www.greenoptimistic.com Ovidiu

      followup: I just calculated, the average gasoline price here in Europe is $7.29/gallon.

  • http://Web John Walter

    At the price tag of $120K to $140K I do not see this as a replacement for ANY gas powered pickup. Get real. I can buy 3 gas powered trucks for 1 of these things. Besides, the pollution coming out of the coal plant that supplies the power to recharge the batteries is not carbon neutral. Gas and diesel will be here for a long time to come because this technology is not ready for prime time. JBW

    • http://www.sublimeburnout.com Christopher DeMorro

      …and in three years, those 3 gas/diesel pickups will cost you enough in fuel and maintenance to have completely paid off one of these electric trucks, depending on how often you drive.

      Is it expensive? Very. But like I said, if Ford or GM were to do something like this, it’d be half the cost (each of these trucks are hand assembled)and an absolute boon to small business owners across the country.

  • http://Web Titus Savage

    It’s a good idea, but the Cab is unnecessarily high for it’s GVWR class and capability. Motor aside, the vehicle really has no advantages over U.S. pickups. The 10,000 lb GVWR trails the 16,000 lbs of our own. Domestic pickups can perform similar off-road abilities to this one. The high bed is just ridiculous. The cab-over would be a complete failure in the U.S. market, as it would hinder easy access to the engine.

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