Tesla Cybertruck Craze: 10 Electric Trucks You Should Know About
Some of these will make it into production in a couple of yearsby Ciprian Florea, on
It’s been a week since Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Cybertruck and the hype is far from over. We’re still in awe of its performance figures, people are still making fun of how the armored windows cracked when hit with steel balls, and truck enthusiasts are still upset over the polygonal design.
But the Cybertruck is still a couple of years away from production and it’s not the only electric truck in the making. As a result, I put together a list of 10 haulers that might go into production over the next two years.
The R1T has created almost as much hype as the Cybertruck when it was unveiled in prototype form in 2018, alongside an SUV built on the same platform. Developed with funding worth $1.5 billion from giants like Ford Motor Company and Amazon, the Rivian R1T will reportedly arrive in 2020 in three different versions. A base truck with 402 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque will have a 230-mile range, while a more powerful truck with 754 horsepower and 823 pound-feet will return more than 300 miles per charge.
A range-topping model with 700 horsepower but a larger battery will be able to travel for at least 400 miles.
The 754-horsepower variant will also be able to hit 60 mph from a standing start in just three seconds, a tenth-second slower than the mighty Cybertruck. Pricing for the base R1T will start from $70,000, but the range-topping truck will probably cost more than $100,000 before options.
|Horsepower||402 HP||754 HP|
|Torque||413 LB-FT||823 LB-FT|
|Range||230 miles||300 miles|
Read our full review on the 2020 Rivian R1T
The Bollinger B2 is also a rather famous electric truck. And unlike the Tesla, which looks different, and the Rivian, which looks very modern, the B2 is a very traditional and square-body-looking truck on the outside.
A combination of features seen on the old Land Rover Defender and the Hummer H1, the Bollinger B2 focuses on practicality rather than looks.
The main highlight is the long bed and the ability to remove the rear seats and expand cargo capacity inside the cabin. The B2 features a dual-motor layout that produces 614 horsepower and 668 pound-feet of torque. It has a range of 200 miles, a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds, and a payload of 5,000 pounds. The latter is notably bigger than the Cybetruck’s, rated at 3,500 pounds. This truck could arrive in 2020, but it will cost a pretty penny, with prices set at around $125,000 before options.
|Towing capacity||7,500 pounds|
Check out more details on the Bollinger B2
It’s no mystery that Ford is working on an all-electric version of the iconic F-150. Mules have been spotted here and there and a prototype was demonstrated in Canada while pulling 10 double-decked freight carts loaded with 42 F-150s for a distance of 100 feet. That’s 1.25 million pounds! There’s no word on what these trucks will feature under the skin, but since Ford invested in Rivian’s project, it’s safe to assume that it could borrow the drivetrain from the R1T. And this is good news, as the R1T will come with up to 754 horsepower and a range of up to 400 miles. Pricing for the F-150 Electric should start at around $40,000.
Check out more details on the Ford F-150 Electric
Dongfeng Rich 6 EV
We keep hearing how production electric trucks aren’t yet available to the general public, but this isn’t true.
The Rich 6 EV was launched in July 2019 as the world's first production electric truck.
Yes, it’s only available in China and other Asian markets, but it still counts. Developed by the Dongfeng-Nissan joint-venture, it’s obviously almost identical to the regular Rich truck design-wise. It’s not exactly wild either with an electric motor rated at 160 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. But it can run for up to 250 miles on a single charge and its battery takes 45 minutes to charge to zero to 80 percent. What’s more, it costs the equivalent of $19,000 after incentives. Indeed an electric truck for the people!
The Endurance is currently just a rendering with promises of full-scale production for late 2020. While the company’s plans seem extremely optimistic at this point, the Endurance project goes back a couple of years, but under a different name and with a different vehicle. The project was originally known as the Workhorse W-15, a somewhat dull-looking truck with 460 horsepower, a sprint to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, and a range of 80 miles.
Because range wasn't that great, Workhorse added a gasoline engine and the final result was a hybrid with a total range of 310 miles.
Preorders started in 2018 and the company sourced $5 million in reservation fees, but the W-15 disappeared. In 2019, the project resurfaced after the company bought a GM factory in Lordstown, renamed itself, and decided to build all-electric trucks. The Endurance looks far more modern and will feature four electric motors and performance figures that should enable it to give the Cybertruck a run for its money.
Read our full review on the 2020 Lordstown Endurance
Atlis is yet another truck of the rendering variety in 2019 that we may see go into production a couple of years for now. The preliminary figures sound encouraging. The hauler will feature four electric motors and will offer a range of up to 500 miles in range-topping trim. It promises a towing capacity of up to 35,000 pounds, more than twice compared to the Cybertruck, and payload capabilities of up to 5,000 pounds.
The sprint to 60 mph will take around five seconds.
Atlis promises various cabin configurations, just like conventional trucks, and two bed length options.
|Towing capacity||35,000 pounds|
|0 to 60 mph||5 seconds|
Read our full review on the 2020 Atlis XT
Neuron EV unveiled this concept truck in November 2019, so it’s not surprising that it was completely eclipsed by the Tesla Cybertruck.
Called T/One, it looks more like an off-road van thanks to its extremely short front end and the available bed cover, but it's as practical as a truck.
Unfortunately, Neuron has yet to reveal drivetrain information so we don’t know what kind of battery it features, how many motors, or anything about power and capability. Unlike other trucks on this list, it comes with a 1+2 seating layout, with the driver seat placed in the center. I guess the T/One will be the McLaren of pickup trucks in this regard.
Check out more details on the 2020 Neuron T/One
Kreisel Electric Hummer H1
Kreisel Electric became notorious after it converted a Mercedes-Benz G-Class into an electric SUV for Arnold Schwarzenegger. More recently, the Austrian company did the same with a Hummer H1. The big engine was replaced by a couple of electric motors that deliver 485 horsepower combined, while returning 186 miles of range on a full charge. The massive SUV hits 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 75 mph. Although Kreisel’s H1 project is pretty spectacular, it won’t see the light of day as a production model anytime soon.
|0 to 60 mph||5.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||75 mph|
The Chevrolet E-10 is a concept vehicle that GM unveiled in 2019. Based on the 1962 C-10, an iconic pickup truck, the E-10 is fully electric. It features a couple of electric motors that generate 450 horsepower and can hit 60 mph from a standstill in less than five seconds. It features a sound emulator to replicate the truck’s old-school V-8 engine and a modern interior. The bad news is that the E-10 is nowhere near as practical as a truck, mostly because the 60-kWh battery stacks are placed in the bed in leave no room for hauling stuff. The E-10 won’t make it in production in this form, but it’s a sign that Chevrolet is working on an EV platform for a production truck.
|Powertrain||double-stack electric crate motors|
|Battery||pair of 60-kWh|
|Transmission||SuperMatic 4L75-E four-speed automatic|
|0 to 60 mph||5 seconds|
|Quarter mile time||13 seconds|
Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet E-10
The Colorado ZH2 is yet another experimental truck that Chevy introduced in 2019. But instead of a battery-powered electric truck, the ZH2 uses oxygen and hydrogen to obtain electricity. It’s equipped with two hydrogen tanks that are bullet proof and an electric motor that cranks out 177 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of twist.
It might not sound like much, but the Colorado ZH2 is also extremely light for pickup truck thanks to a body made from carbon-fiber with kevlar reinforcement.
Just like the E-10, the Colorado ZH2 isn’t scheduled for production, but the hydrogen powertrain will eventually make it in showrooms in a different vehicle.
Read our full review on the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2