Created by EcoTrek Foundation founder Tom Holm, this Ford F-350 Lariat 4x4 crew cab was designed to be an eco-friendly extreme expedition vehicle, capable of being deployed during disasters in remote areas.
The truck uses the stock Power Stroke powertrain with the factory six-speed automatic, but the engine runs on a unique algae-based biodiesel fuel (also being looked at by the U.S. military) and, along with the 50-gallon auxiliary tank under the bed, will go up to 1,800 miles between fill-ups. This “off-the-grid” rig has a 9-inch suspension lift with air bags and sits on aggressive 38-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires.
The truck uses a reinforced SpaceKap shell that offers access from either side and houses a full complement of kitchen (including a refrigerator-freezer) and sleeping gear; the shell is mounted to heavy-duty slide-out racks that sit on top of a pair of TruckVault lockable (combination locks) storage bins that protect equipment.
On top of the bed cap sits a massive, fully insulated foldout bed tent, complete with an ultra-long ladder for easy access. For added protection, the EcoTrek Super Duty has a monster front bumper and brush guard, complete with a huge winch, as well as a super-heavy-duty rear bumper, complete with an overbuilt tire carrier capable of handling a full-size spare.
The truck is set to make appearances around the country to promote the idea of eco-friendly exploring for future generations as part of nonprofit EcoTrek’s mission to educate folks about renewable fuels and materials. We’re told much of this truck was built by a student team at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
According to EcoTrek, the truck is designed to help preserve cultural and natural resources or to serve as a support and recovery vehicle during natural disasters. But until it gets that call, it’s likely to be showing up at a host of military air shows.
To download a file of the display specs for the EcoTrek F-350, click here.