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This Monster Truck Crushes All Things, Including My Childhood.

Growing up Bigfoot was THE Monster Truck. It was Bigfoot and then everybody else. The massive truck powered by an equally massive fire-breathing V8 was music to young me. I watched Monster Trucks for the noise, the spectacle, and to see giant trucks smash and destroy smaller less fortunate cars.

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But that was the 1990s when nobody cared about MPGs or eco anything. That was the peak of American excess. We built these massive things that devour fuel purely for our own entertainment. Fast forward to the World of 2016, a world where Tesla exists. Electric vehicles are here and they aren’t going anywhere as we become more and more concerned with the supply of dinosaurs running out.

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Why on earth, you may be asking, am I talking about Monster Trucks and EVs? They couldn’t be on more opposite sides of the automotive spectrum. Or are they? I was perusing the internet the other day and I came across something quite unusual. The latest Bigfoot is electric. Yes the poster child for automotive excess and gluttony has gone green. In 2012, Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. found themselves a battery manufacturer EnerSys and then set about creating the ODYSSEY Battery BIGFOOT No. 20 Monster Truck, which is claimed to be the world’s first electric monster truck.

Everything about the video below is weird and off-putting. I don’t quite know how to process it. I’m just going to leave you with it. I haven’t exactly embraced EVs as machines. Sure they’re fast and reliable and have impressive range now, but I just can’t get into them the same way I am with normal cars. Bigfoot is not supposed to be eco-friendly. It is not supposed to be a sign of the times. It is supposed to be loud, enormous, in your face, and most of all a complete bad ass. It is supposed to embody every kid’s vision of excess. It is supposed to be the visual equivalent of turning things up to 11. Unfortunately, E-Bigfoot just isn’t there. Sure it’s big and sure it can crush a car with the best of ’em, but what it is really good at crushing isn’t a car, it’s my childhood. Not too dissimilar to the way it crushes that poor bastard of a Ford Taurus.

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About Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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