Electric Bigfoot Monster Truck to be unveiled at SEMA on October 30
This was announced by Team Bigfoot last week - that they've developed an electric Monster Truck, and will be unveiling it at the SEMA show next week. But, they won't be putting it into a gas car crushing event right away.
Plus:- It was designed in cahoots with Dennis Berube, so we'll be sure it'll have some power to it.
Minus:- It's powered with lead-acid batteries from EnerSys. Sheesh. Lead Acid is so last century.
It's a 360 volt system based on 30 batteries, and a 72 volt system for brakes and steering.
ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Debuts at ODYSSEY® Battery Booth at SEMA
World's First Electric Monster Truck Unveils at Booth 24967 in Central Hall, Oct. 30, 2:00 p.m.
READING, Pa. (Oct. 15, 2012) – EnerSys® will debut the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT No. 20 Monster Truck, the world's first electric monster truck manufactured by BIGFOOT 4x4, Inc., at the SEMA Show at 2 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at ODYSSEY® battery Booth 24967 in Central Hall. The SEMA Show will run from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2, 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
ODYSSEY® batteries by EnerSys, a primary sponsor of the 2012 BIGFOOT 4x4, Inc. monster truck team, provided 36 ODYSSEY® PC1200 batteries to power the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT No. 20 Monster Truck. The new truck will be under a tarp at the ODYSSEY® battery booth until its unveiling on Tuesday.
The ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck carries a custom-designed 2012 fiberglass body and includes a battery-powered electric motor, which was designed and built by Dennis Berube of Phoenix to wield high-horsepower and high-RPM capabilities. Three banks of 10 ODYSSEY® batteries will power the engine for a total of 360 Volts. The additional six ODYSSEY® batteries will power the brakes and steering systems. Other custom features include onboard battery chargers and variable-speed programmable speed controller.
Each of the 36 ODYSSEY® PC1200 batteries that power the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck weighs 38.2 pounds, but provides 1,200 five-second pulse hot cranking amps (PHCA), as well as 540 cold-cranking amps (CCA), 78 minutes of reserve capacity and 400 cycles of deep cycle capability at 80 percent depth of discharge (DOD).
"We've been sponsoring BIGFOOT® monster trucks for almost 10 years," said Dave McMullen, director of commercial marketing for specialty and UPS markets at EnerSys®. "The punishing conditions of a monster truck race are a perfect demonstration of ODYSSEY® batteries at their rugged best. We are particularly excited to be part of the world's first battery-powered monster truck, and are proud of BIGFOOT 4X4, Inc.'s confidence in our batteries that they play such a crucial role in the truck's performance."
"ODYSSEY® batteries have helped our team to win more than 20 monster truck championships," said Jim Kramer, vice president of research, technology and driver development of BIGFOOT 4X4, Inc. "We're happy to have ODYSSEY® batteries as a partner in the development of the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT No. 20 Monster Truck. Developing a custom electric monster truck is part of our efforts to keep up with ever-changing technology. For now, the ODYSSEY® Battery BIGFOOT® No. 20 Monster Truck will be used in static displays and parades, but as we become more experienced with the electric power unit, battery maintenance, controller adjustments, drive lines and weather, our fans may just see it perform car crushes or even compete in monster truck shows."
EnerSys®, the world leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures, distributes and services reserve power, motive power and starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) batteries, chargers, power equipment, and battery accessories to customers worldwide. SLI batteries are used for trucks and buses, passenger cars, boats, personal watercraft, ATVs, motorcycles and garden tractors. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from more than 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world. For more information about EnerSys® and its ODYSSEY® batteries, visit www.enersys.com or www.ODYSSEYbattery.com.
THAT is one class of vehicle I hadn't thought about yet in the context of electrical propulsion, but it sure would make sense power and weight-wise :-) The only problem would be the absence of classic V8 sound - unless they use the 72V braking and steering system for some hefty audio amplifiers too...