Innovative New Off-Road Pioneer Offers Incredible Range
The automotive electric revolution keeps on turning and a new player has announced its entry into the booming electrified vehicle market with an interesting new product and some claimed performance numbers that will blow your socks off.
The company, Fering, has revealed its Pioneer – the brainchild of ex Ferrari and McLaren engineer Ben Scott-Geddes and a vehicle the company calls a ‘sustainable electrified pick-up which is designed to take on the toughest of terrains while treading lightly on the planet’.
Power comes via a battery system of 20kWh and an 800cc 3-cylinder range-extender combustion engine powered by bio-diesel. Power is delivered to two electric motors – one on each axle – that pump out 600Nm.
The batteries are of Lithium Titanium Oxide design – a chemistry that the company says offers durability and safety, is designed to survive extreme weather conditions, deliver exceptional performance over a long life, and not degrade with repeated power cycling as other types do.
Top speed is 125km/h, and electric-only range is 80km, but the company claims that the Pioneer can, when fitted with long-range tanks, be capable of a jaw-dropping range of 7,000km.
This performance is down to the powertrain efficiency and the design and construction of the Pioneer. While it may look hefty, the vehicle comes in at 1500kg (also the payload weight it can haul) thanks to an aluminium spaceframe with composite elements, and exterior panels made of tough fabric.
Fering says the Pioneer is designed with adaptability in mind, and it can easily be modified or upgraded to suit the customer’s needs and intended purpose. Bigger batteries and different range extenders can be used, such as alcohol-fuelled engines or fuel cells.
As an example of the ingenious thinking that has gone into making the Pioneer, those massive 22.5-inch rims aren’t just for show – they will, apparently, accept standard size truck tyres to ensure easy availability across the globe.
The first prototype Pioneer is currently going through testing and series production will start in the UK during the first half of 2022.
13 October 2021