Tornado: Phl’s first all-electric truck

TORNADO EV is Foton’s first all-electric light-duty truck.

The Foton Tornado EV 4×2 utilizes a permanent magnet synchronous motor with peak outputs of 154 horsepower and 300 Newton-meters of torque, enough to accelerate the electric truck from zero to 50 km/h in just 9 seconds and reach a top speed of 90 km/h. The driving range on a full charge is 208 kilometers (using the global WLTP standards) while charging may be done via AC or DC charger (2-4 hours on DC and 12 hours on AC from 20 to 100 percent charge).

The braking system is traditional hydraulic for ease of maintenance and repairs. The truck’s grade ability — the steepest hill a truck can climb using maximum torque at the lowest gear — is an impressive 20 percent.

The Foton Tornado EV has a GVW of 6,000 kilograms with a load mass of 3,600 kilograms and a curb weight of 2,400 kilograms. It measures 5,960 x 1.925 x 2,260 mm on a 3,360 mm wheelbase.

Comfort, convenience and safety features include ABS, EBD, an air conditioning system, multimedia (MP3/Aux/USB) audio system, an adjustable steering wheel, power windows, central locking with remote key and reverse sensor, among many others.

The new Tornado EV cab and chassis is priced at P3.6 million.

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