[Oeva-list] Factory Electric Rangers
Theoldcars at aol.com
Theoldcars at aol.com
Thu Feb 23 22:48:01 PST 2006
I have received a lot of emails concerning the Ranger EV. Some of you may
not be aware there are Ranger trucks now are being auction by Blue Sky Motors
located in Sacramento California on eBay. Ford is using Blue Sky Motors to
service and sell their remaining electric Ranger vehicles.
To make a short story long this all goes back to Ford allowing previous EV
Ranger lease holders to buy a Ranger. Once all the previous lease holders had a
chance to buy a Ranger the rest are being sold through Blue Sky Motors on
eBay. This has just started but I have seen several Rangers with Recycled
packs sell from 12,000 to 15,000 price range.
The trucks have been completely gone though and the battery packs have been
rebuilt with recycled batteries from the US Postal Service trucks. There was
at one time 500 postal trucks in use before the program was canceled. From
several sources I learned the failure rate of the 8 volt East Penn battery was
the main reason the USPS stop using the trucks and canceled the program. This
makes sense because I have talked to EV Fleet managers all over the US and
they all said the same thing. They had a lot of problems with battery failures
in the Rangers. The S-10 EV with the Panasonic batteries were given very
I bring this up because even though Blue Sky Motors are one of the very best
with extensive test equipment there is no guarantee on their packs. When I
first started buying non running Rangers Ford guaranteed the recycled packs
for one year. I actually had paid half the amount to have a recycled pack
installed. I decided after they stopped the warranty that it was too risky to
spend 4000 dollars to install batteries that had no warranty and there was a
chance you could not buy just one battery. They stopped making this special size
8 volt battery about 3 years ago. So even if there were any left now you
might not be able to buy one when one fails. Blue Sky Motors I would assume has
thousands of them but as far as I know they will only sell packs and it would
have to be installed by them or a Ford service department.
I have not heard how many Ranger trucks are left to sell but I doubt it is a
huge number because most of them were crushed and their was only about 1400
to start with. If you were thinking of buying one this would be a very good
time because it is about as close as your going to get as buying an EV from the
manufacture. The eBay auction item number is 4615928806. This auction number
is not Blue Sky but it has links to other auctions for Ranger trucks
4614585548. Just so you know a remanufactured battery pack does not mean they take
the batteries apart and rebuild them. They take the battery pack apart and
install tested cycled used batteries. There is no remanufacture of the actual
battery on the inside they are not taken apart.
I am working with other Ranger owners to come up with a replacement 12 volt
battery pack for these vehicles. I wanted to bring this up in case any of you
were thinking of buying one of the trucks on eBay but was worried about the
battery situation. We need more electric vehicles here in the Northwest.
Contact me if you are serious about buying a Ranger or S-10 EV on line but wanted
to try one out. You can test drive either one and look over what a great
vehicle these trucks are. Their is also a very good EV Ranger group you can post
questions contact Tom Dowling at _tom at tomdowling.net_
(mailto:tom at tomdowling.net) about getting on it.
The Rangers I have are in need of batteries. There is an opportunity here
for anyone who would like one of these vehicles to obtain one at my cost which
is around 7000 to 8000 give or take a few hundred dollars. You don't have to
worry about transporting across the country or sending your money and not
getting a vehicle. I will work with anyone who wants to buy a Ranger to change
over to a 12 volt battery pack. I plan on keeping at least 2 or 3 of the
Rangers. I am also considering that full payment up front for the truck might not
be needed for the right person. You would have to be very serious and have a
reasonable time for the balance that would not cause you a hardship.
One other interesting bit of information for anyone worried about safety the
1999 and 2000 Ranger EV has a 5 star crash test rating. I could find no
crash testing on the 1998. Since the 1998 has dual air bags I have no reason to
believe it would score any different.
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