The Thundertruck EV Is The Closest Thing You Can Get To Optimus Prime!
We’ve seen trailer-like range extenders before, but this one here transforms the Thundertruck into a 6x6 behemoth!by Sidd Dhimaan, on
EV-olution is at its peak and we now have an electric offering in every genre one can think of. However, there was one untapped niche – the 6x6 vehicles – that only had vehicles with big, burly engines. However, it’s set to change, thanks to the Thundertruck. The Thundertruck is an electric off-roader with some impressive specs, but what makes it even better is how getting a range extender for it turns it into a 6x6 truck. Crazy, isn’t it?
What’s The Thundertruck All About?
The Thundertruck is the brainchild of Wolfgang’s new IP division. The company has come up with this EV truck concept that’s yet to be actualized. The 3D renders that the company has revealed look very promising, although a little too much to become a reality. We don’t say it for the actual model, but for the range-extender conversion.
The Thundertruck is a 4x4 off-roader with impressive specs. It features a dual-motor setup that puts out 800 horses and 800 pound-feet of torque.
It takes 3.5 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest. It is powered by a 180 kWh battery that’s good for 400 miles.
The company, however, noted that you can opt for a range extender. Now, range extenders aren’t something new. They can be hitched to your car like a trailer and you can travel for a longer distance before stopping to recuperate. The range extender you get with the Thundertruck is a completely different ballgame. The extender is offered in the form of a 6x6 conversion. This means you’ll get an extra pair of wheels with a third axle that’s not just dummy, but works well and makes it a six-wheel-drive monster.
This 6x6 range extender comes with a 120 kWh battery pack, making a 300 kWh setup combined. It adds 160 miles to the range, thus allowing you to travel 560 miles at a stretch before you’ll; have to stop to recharge.
To aid the range even further, the Thundertruck can be had with solar awning pods that double up as roof storage. This isn’t something new as we’ve heard about solar roofs, a slightly simpler version of the solar awning pods, on the Lightyear One, the Triton Solar Model H, and the Fisker Ocean, and possibly even the Cybertruck in the future. Heck, we even have solar panel Tonneau covers already.
While it doesn’t get any extra motors of its own, you do get a power bump here.
The range-extended Thundertruck will give you 940 ponies and 1,200 pound-feet of twist at your disposal – 140 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque more than the 4x4 model.
The 0-60 mph time isn’t revealed for this, but we don’t expect a big change since the additional power advantage will be nullified by the additional weight. The range extender and the whole 6x6 setup, by the way, adds 1,440 pounds to the existing weight. In the 4x4 form, the Thundertruck weighs 6,120 pounds, and in the 6x6 avatar, it weighs 7,560 pounds.
As for the dimensions, the Thundertruck is 207 inches long, 87 inches wide, and 80 inches tall. The 6x6 version adds 39 inches to the length, whereas the width and height remain unchanged. The truck bed is now 10 feet long; four feet more than the six-foot bed on the 4x4 model. The company has noted the approach and departure angles as well; 48 degrees and 82 degrees, respectively. They are the same for both models.
The breakover angle isn’t mentioned, but considering the third axle is added behind the existing setup, it should be the same, too. This also means that the wheelbase between the first two axles remains the same. The 6x6 model can even tow better – 11,000 pounds vs 4x4 Thundertruck’s 7,500 pounds rating.
The company revealed a rendering of the cabin as well, wherein you can see a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen system infused into a common glass. There’s a holographic information display between the seats, and feather-touch buttons all around. It also seems to have a dual-zone climate control system because you see the temperature being displayed near the passenger side’s air vent.
Furthermore, the multipurpose Thundertruck will also come with a lot of other features that make it a good lifestyle/adventure vehicle. Some of these features and functionalities include:
- HD roof rack system/roof pods provide storage for solar awnings
- Spacious cargo bed with steps
- Extendable loading ramps that help load two- or four-wheel bikes
- Automatic ‘drop-down’ side step operation with lighting
- Integrated camping tent that expands over the main tray that’s raised by PV trunk lid cover
- Collapsible roof-mounted Bat Wing awning with flexible solar fabric
- Multi-purpose pull-out side draw storage unit with slide-out kitchen or refrigerator
- And, of course, the Range Extender Unit
At this moment, the Thundertruck is merely Wolfgang’s creativity. Getting the real deal is a far-fetched thought, but we would really like to see this being built into an actual vehicle. If Wolfgang and its IP division can materialize this, it will have everyone’s attention.
What do you have to say about the Thundertruck – is it a feasible design, or a little too ambitious? Share your thoughts about it with us in the comments section.