It sure looks promising, but can it take on the giants of the industry?

The Tesla Cybertruck has garnered enough attention over the past week not only on itself but on the electric pickup segment as a whole. Although only Tesla and Rivian have gained prominence here, there are many other automakers out there like Bollinger, Atlis, and Lordstown, just to name a few.

However, a small electric manufacturer called Neuron EV has come under the scanner at the expense of the Cybertruck. Neuron’s electric truck, the T/One, is being pitted against Musk’s wunderkind primarily on the basis of looks. The general consensus is positive for now, but the T/One is much more than its appearance. Can this underdog trump all the odds and go up against the Cybertruck, R1T, and Ford’s upcoming electric F-150?

A Smart, Futuristic-Looking Truck

If you belong to the #CybertruckWTFClub, there is a high chance you’ll end up liking the Neuron T/One. Well, that’s what the trend is on Twitter at least.

The T/One looks like a futuristic pickup truck while maintaining the traditional body shape.

Neuron EV plans to introduce it in various body configurations, though, so the T/One could be offered as a flatbed truck, a dump truck, van, SUV, or a camper truck.

The company calls it an all-in-one electric utility vehicle that is versatile as a commercial vehicle as well as suited for personal use. The face will remind you of the Hyundai Venue, with the square-ish lights.

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Instead of the grille, Neuron has slapped a black strip that features the company’s moniker and wide-swept lights.

Thanks to the raked windshield and well-laid-out short hood and sleek body, the truck seems to be quite sorted in the aerodynamics department as well.

Expect The T/One To Be An Autonomous Vehicle

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The two-door pickup truck sports a spoiler behind the cab. It also seems to have cameras in place of the traditional rearview mirrors. Just like the Cybertruck and R1T, the T/One is said to make for a good camper.

On the inside, Neuron EV has given the truck a 1+2 set up with the driver seated in the center.
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The square steering wheel sits in the middle of a wraparound dashboard with displays in the front and on the sides. With this kind of setup, it is clear that the company plans to plonk it with autonomous technology. The driver’s seat can be turned around to interact with the other passengers and create a lounge-like experience. Even the rear passengers get reclining seats for added comfort.

Don’t Expect It To Have Cybertruck-Like Performance Specs

As Cybertruck Hype Calms Down, Conventional Electric Pickups Like the Neuron T/One Have Started Popping Up Exterior
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There is no word on powertrain specs yet, but we do know that the truck will feature a "multi-source propulsion system that draws power from an all-electric traction battery pack, replaceable reserve power, and removable solar panel truck bed cover."

This statement makes it a bit confusing on whether it will be a pure electric or a hybrid-electric (hydrogen fuel cell powertrain?) setup, but Neuron EV said the T/One has a "pure electric battery propulsion system." So we guess it’s the former.

Also, all of Neuron’s products are built on a skateboard chassis. However, the company has hinted that its truck won’t be a performer on the road. Perhaps taking a dig at Tesla, Neuron made it clear that "for us, vehicle performance is determined by usability. Why are vehicles engineered to go faster than the speed limit if our goal as a society is to reduce car accidents? Neuron’s product quality is measured by ease of use, comfort, reliability, safety, and sustainability."

Final Thoughts

As Cybertruck Hype Calms Down, Conventional Electric Pickups Like the Neuron T/One Have Started Popping Up Exterior
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Neuron is based out of Los Angeles, but it did not take part in the recently concluded L.A. Auto Show. Instead, the T/One debuted alongside the company’s Torque Semi at the CIIE Trade Expo in Shanghai. The company will be taking these two to the Hongqiao Import Commodity Exhibition and Trading Center as well next week.

Surprisingly, Neuron EV has opened reservations and you can book your truck, although the delivery dates are still not announced. Too soon to book one? You can, however, wait until the truck comes back to the States and have a closer look at it before you make a decision. What are your thoughts on the Neuron EV T/One? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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