Future Electric Pickup Trucks You Don’t Want to Ignore
Automakers are spoiling you with choicesby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 07:02
There’s a lot of buzz in the electric market right now. Automakers started off with developing electric hatches, then sedans and SUVs, and now everyone’s emphasis is on trucks. A lot of automakers are working towards building electric pickup trucks these days.
Even new entrants like Lordstown are starting their lives with pickup trucks because of the potential in the segment. There are many electric trucks arriving within the next four to five years, but here the six most anticipated electric trucks and what we know about them so far.
Chevy Electric Pickup
After being one of the laziest automakers to work towards electric vehicles, Chevrolet has suddenly woken up and is fully charged.
The group’s $2.2 billion investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is a testament to the fact that the company is finally serious about electrification.
The Chevy electric pickup truck is as mysterious as the griffin at this moment. The Bowtie has confirmed it, we’ve heard about it, but no one has seen it till date. In all certainty, it should go up against the Cybertruck and the electric Ford F-150, and logic dictates that it will wear the Silverado badge since the company won’t be branding it under GMC. The subsidiary already got the Hummer, so that’s covered. Chevrolet said the truck’s production will start in the end of 2021.
|Status:||Yet To Hit Production|
|Release Date:||Late 2022 or 2023|
|Expected Price:||Starting from $60,000|
While automakers like Rivian and Tesla went all guns blazing in the electric pickup truck market, the current king of the market simply kept working on new internal combustion engines. Ford was rumored to be working on the electric F-150, but it looked like the company was instead focused on rolling out the hybrid F-150 first.
It was only after Tesla’s ridiculous claim of the Cybertruck being able to tow 300,000 pounds that Ford responded with a video of its own electric F-150 prototype towing 1.25 million pounds.
The truck will be based on the next-gen F-150 and will definitely be a class apart. Ford is taking its own sweet time to launch it, so expect a wholesome package. I’m not sure if Ford is waiting for Rivian to launch the R1T and test the waters with the company in which it has invested $500 million. As for the sales, Ford can leave it to the loyal Blue Oval fans who will prefer an electric Ford truck over a Tesla or a Rivian any day.
|Status:||Prototypes and Test Mules Spotted/Still Under Development|
|Release Date:||2021 or Early 2022|
|Expected Price:||Starting from $60,000|
Read more details on the 2022 Ford F-150 Electric
The GMC Hummer electric truck came as a surprise to almost everyone. The truck was announced in the week preceding the Super Bowl 2020. The company has been tight-lipped about the product and hasn’t released much information on it yet.
So far, we know that the truck will churn out a combined output of 1,000 horses and a massive 11,500 pound-feet of torque.
The automaker claims the Hummer EV will be able to gallop to 60 mph from a standstill in three seconds flat. The latest information suggests that the Hummer EV will be offered with up to three powertrain options.
GMC has announced that it will debut the Hummer EV truck on May 20, 2020. In addition, the company aired a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl where the face of the truck was revealed.
|Status:||Teased in Trailers/Still Under Production|
|Release Date:||Deliveries from Fall of 2021|
|Expected Price:||Starting from $100,000|
Read more details on the GMC Hummer Electric Pickup
Musk’s best-kept secret was finally revealed to the world in November 2019. The truck drew polarizing opinions for its bizarre shape and design, but it has been the talk of the town when it comes to electric pickup trucks.
In the top-spec, the Cybertruck comes with a Tri-motor setup with an all-wheel-drive configuration. Tesla has announced the following specs for the top-trim that costs $69,900.
|0 -60 mph:||2.9 seconds!|
|Top Speed:||130 mph|
|Payload Capacity:||3500 pounds|
|Towing Capacity:||14000 pounds|
The Cybertruck seems to be priced brilliantly and you can expect all automakers to use this as a benchmark to compare their offerings.
|Status:||Revealed. Spotted often on the road|
|Release Date:||Deliveries for Tri-motor trim in late 2021, others in late 2022|
|Expected Price:||Prices announced: Base single-motor trim - $39,900; Mid dual-motor trim - $49,900; Top tri-motor trim - $69,900.|
Read our full review on the 2021 Tesla CyberTruck
Rivian is targeting the lifestyle market with the R1T pickup truck. The truck was unveiled a long time back and it looks pretty cool with that light bar up front. The power tailgate can be rested at various angles for enhanced utility.
The towing and payload capacities are rated at 11,000 pounds and 1,760 pounds respectively.
It is also expected to feature Level 3 autonomy. Rivian is also promoting lifestyle accessories like pull-out kitchens, and so on, already.
The R1T will be offered with three battery pack options - 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and 180 kWh – and the biggest one will deliver a range of 400 miles on a single charge. The truck will be powered by four electric motors - one on each wheel - that produce 197 horsepower each. The R1T takes merely three seconds in its best run to hit the 60 mph mark from a standstill. Features like adjustable air suspension, a 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a horizontal pass-through in the truck that serves as a storage space, and Tank Turn make it one of the most exciting trucks due for launch.
|Status:||Final Development Stage|
|Release Date:||Production to commence from late 2020|
|Expected Price:||Starts from $69,000|
Read our full review on the 2020 Rivian R1T
Nikola dropped a bomb by announcing its entry into the crowded pickup truck market. Nikola’s CEO, Trevor Milton, offered Musk a truck design for free following the Cybertruck’s launch since it had no intentions to enter the market. However, Nikola has thrown its hat in the segment with the very same design.
Called the Badger, the truck is almost the same size as the Tesla Cybertruck. The Badger’s biggest selling point is the 600-mile range that comes courtesy of hydrogen fuel cells and battery power.
Nikola says the truck will come with an independent motor setup that will help it sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, which is on par with the Cybertruck. The Badger has a capacity of 17.6 pounds for the hydrogen tank. What’s more, Nikola plans to install 700 hydrogen filling stations across North America. In this crowded electric pickup truck market, Nikola has just announced itself as a strong contender.
|Status:||Only announced as of now/Not seen|
|Release Date:||Will be unveiled at the Nikola World 2020 event in September this year|
|Expected Price:||$50,000 onwards|
Read more details on the 2022 Nikola Badger