Ferring Pioneer off-roader hits new milestone with 4,350-mile range

A team of engineers in the UK led by Ben Scott-Geddes had a supercar background, Scott-Geddes had worked on the McLaren F1, BMW LMS Racer, Caparo T1 and Ferrari SF90, with the same go-fast resumes as their crew . However, instead of making up for what they knew, they made a left turn and literally headed to the hills about 18 months ago. The mission of his new company, Ferring, is “to develop a vehicle that can cross the globe with light impact.” Scott-Geddes was particularly interested in a vehicle that could traverse an unsupported 4,000-kilometer stretch of the Arctic through Canada and Russia. The result is the Ferring Pioneer, a range-extending electric off-roader packed with innovation.

The least unusual aspect is the powertrain, which is centered around a twin bank of lithium titanium oxide batteries with a combined 20-kWh capacity. Battery chemistry isn’t as efficient as lithium-ion, but it is better able to hold a charge in extreme heat and cold, and is more resistant to fire, impact, and puncture. The smaller unit is good for around 50 miles of pure electric driving, but it is charged by a smartly sourced 800-cc diesel range-extender engine. That combo powers two electric motors, one on each axle, which put out a combined 443 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is about 80 mph.

The aluminum tube chassis has welded, bolted and bonded joints complemented by composites for strength. Pioneer is 189 inches long, 79 inches wide and 77 inches tall; It’s an inch shorter, two inches wider, and six inches longer than the Ford Transit Connect. The modular frame design means the door frames are identical from front to back and side to side, yet improving ease of repair.

The compact stance makes the 22.5-inch wheels appear gorgeous, Ferring chooses that size because it’s a standard for heavy trucks around the world, which can be easily changed from Borneo to Bolivia. Those rims hang from a 2:1 geared hub that multiplies the torque and helps create 31.5 inches of ground clearance. The chassis is wrapped in a rugged, durable fabric similar to those used in hiking boots; It won’t dent, and it’s easy to fix and replace.

The package is claimed to weigh 3,307 pounds dry, and is capable of carrying its own weight again as a payload. Ferring says the Pioneer will climb 60% grades and 19.7-inch ladders, traverse 50-degree slopes, and ford 55 inches of water. Built to get to and back from the most remote environments, the real USP is when the Pioneer is equipped with an extended-range fuel tank. Estimated to achieve an average of 50 miles per gallon, the larger tank covers a range of 7,000 kilometers, or 4,350 miles.

The company aims to enter production next year, with plans to produce 150 to 200 Pioneers per year, and Ferring has already taken his first deposit for a rig to work at Amazon. Starting price will be approx At £150,000 ($206,700 US), but it can balloon to the size of any budget, the Ferring promises nearly endless customization and upgrade possibilities.

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