It wasn’t that long ago that pickup truck drivers who wanted to go electric had exactly no options to choose from. Now there are only a few and more are on the way – some we know about and some yet to be revealed. There are also certainly electric trucks currently planned which unfortunately will not see the light of day. Here are the EV mics we’ve been officially told to expect, along with some rumored products. For good measure, we’ve included the few success stories that have already started making their way into customer garages, as well as those that have been discontinued by their manufacturers.
Here’s what’s to come
Some of the major automakers, who have already proven they can build and sell cars, have announced the arrival of electric pickup trucks sooner or later. Here are a few that seem like sure things.
Chevy Silverado EV
Chevy has already shown us the 2024 Silverado EV, which deviates from the design of the internal combustion Silverado, reminiscent of the look of the Chevy Avalanche. Right off the bat, it will offer up to 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque, along with an estimated range of 400 miles. Chevy also previously teased a Trail Boss version of the Silverado EV. The company also said that the first edition sold out in just 12 minutes, without saying how much it was on pre-sale.
GMC Sierra Electric
GMC hasn’t fully unveiled its electric Sierra version of the Silverado EV, but this more mainstream sequel to the giant Hummer EV should see the light of day later this year. He showed us a teaser, however, which gave us a good look at the front of the truck.
Ram 1500 BEV
Ram is well on its way to showing us its first all-electric pickup. He held public meetings to help develop the design and features that customers say they want. Being a bit of a latecomer – the Ford F-150 Lightning and GMC Hummer EV have already been launched – the pressure is on Ram to deliver, and it promises big things. “We will outperform our competitors in terms of important metrics like towing and hauling and, going forward, charging time, range and things of that nature,” said brand CEO Mike Koval. . Automotive News. We can expect Ram to introduce a version of the 1500 BEV this year, with production starting in 2024.
Toyota Pickup EV
Late last year, Toyota showed off a number of electric vehicles it plans for its future portfolio. One of them was the aptly named Toyota Pickup EV, which borrows Tundra styling in what appears to be a Tacoma-sized package. We don’t have a specific date for its launch, but we do know that Toyota plans to launch 30 electric models by 2030.
Another Ford electric pickup
At the launch of the F-150 Lightning, Ford CEO Jim Farley said, “We are already pushing some dirt in Blue Oval City for another electric pickup truck different from this one. He didn’t provide any further details on this pickup, but it basically sounds like a done deal. Whether it’s an electric version of one of its other pickup truck nameplates – Ranger and Maverick – or something completely different, the performance of the F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E gives us suggest that Ford has another resounding success in store for us.
In May 2022, VW announced that it would sell an electric pickup (and an SUV) under the Scout brand. “The first prototypes are due to be unveiled next year and production is expected to start in 2026,” VW said in a statement. This surprised Volkswagen dealers.
Tesla revealed its wild Cybertruck in 2019. It’s been delayed, but at the time of this writing, Elon Musk’s most recent promise is that the Cybertruck will hit production in 2023.
Less known, less sure
Before mainstream automakers started announcing their electric truck plans, a number of startups rushed to pitch their ideas to consumers. Here are a few we know of, but we wouldn’t bet money on them seeing all of them.
Lordstown Motors has had its share of problems and uncertainties, but its Endurance pickup, at the latest news, is supposed to go into production in 2022. GM recently sold its stake in the startup, but Lordstown then claimed that it would build 500 trucks this year. and 2,500 in 2023, but was also looking to raise around $250 million to execute on his plan.
Canoo Pickup Truck
Canoo introduced its electric pickup in 2021. It’s currently available for pre-order on Canoo’s website, with the official launch “as early as 2023”. Canoo says it will have “200+” miles of range, single- and dual-motor variants, and up to 600 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque.
Hercules Electric Vehicles plans to build the Alpha electric pickup. The claims are high: 1,000 horsepower, 300 miles of range, 12,000 pounds of towing and a 0-60 time of 4 seconds. He will also use a sun tonneau cover. In July 2021, Hercules planned to launch the Alpha “late 2022” and announced a partnership with Pininfarina to design electric vehicles.
This startup first showed off its EF1-T concept electric pickup and EF1-V van in 2021, and said it hopes to start selling vehicles in 2025. It plans three versions, with the top version using a 180 kilowatt-hour battery, three electric motors for a total output of 816 horsepower, with a range of 450 miles, a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds and a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds.
EV-maker startup Alpha has been dropping some interesting concepts over the past two years. One of them is the compact Alpha Wolf, which looks cool – if it ever sees daylight. It’s available in single-motor (FWD) and dual-motor (RWD) configurations with up to 275 miles of range and 3,000 pounds of towing. Alpha also introduced the Wolf+ with an extended cab, as well as a SuperWolf crew cab. The company said it plans to deliver vehicles no earlier than 2023.
EV startup Atlis is planning its XT electric pickup, with 6.5 and 8-foot beds, up to 20,000 pounds of towing (or 35,000 with a fifth-wheel configuration), up to 500 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 5 seconds. The truck’s design has changed from previous iterations, and now the company plans to offer the XT as an all-inclusive subscription service.
Neuron EV T.One
Revealed late last year at the China International Import Expo, the Neuron EV T.One will ride on a skateboard chassis. There could also be a fuel cell powertrain in the works. Like the previous two on our list, we’re not really holding our breath for this one.
There are a few other electric trucks that may or may not be in the works, but have at least been talked about.
Fisker electric pickup
In February 2020, Henrik Fisker tweeted a photo of an electric pickup truck with the word “Alaska” on the bed. Then he deleted the tweet. Later, Fisker released renderings of a very different electric truck. The company has repeatedly suggested it might build a pickup truck, saying it will have four models by 2025.
Lucid Electric Pickup
This one isn’t set in stone, but Lucid Motors is planning a full line of electric vehicles, including, possibly, a pickup truck. “If we want to make a longer vehicle, like a pick-up or something like that – which we might want to do in the future – the paint shop is future-proof for pick-ups. up,” Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson said in August.
VW Amarok EV
Another vague potential plan in the works, said Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen board member for e-mobility. Autoblog in 2020 that the Amarok (the only body-on-frame pickup in VW’s portfolio) could hypothetically be offered as an electric vehicle. “We look at what Rivian is doing, because normally it’s hard to believe that a car like the Amarok, for example, can be electrified,” he said. “But, nevertheless, step by step, our investigation and our research makes us think that it becomes more possible. By making this technology increasingly robust, an Amarok-like car would be BEV.” As recently as April 2022, Lars Krause, VW Commercial Vehicles board member for marketing, suggested that the Amarok might get an electric variant.
Technically on sale
After years of EV advancement, the market until very recently lacked real substance in the pickup truck segment. How quickly things change. Here are the few electric trucks that have finally made their way to production, though they’ve been slowed by slow rollouts and limited supply.
GMC Electric Hummer
GMC came out strong with its first electric pickup. The 2022 Hummer EV is an exercise in superlatives and it delivers. It’s such a special (and expensive, heavy, and fast) vehicle that its flaws are easy to overlook.
This startup, as startups do, struggled to get its first vehicle off the production line. But it finally happened, and now you can spot the Rivian R1T in the wild. Customers can enjoy smart design, capable on-road and off-road performance, and smart packaging. Now, if that can just get the R1S SUV off the ground.
Ford F-150 Lightning
The electric F-150 was the recipe for success. Take America’s best-selling nameplate and give it a super-powerful electric powertrain without changing much else? “Sign me up,” said thousands of consumers. Order books for the 2022 Lightning were already closed by the time we got a chance to drive it. After spending time behind the wheel, we understand why.
TO TEAR APART
Of course, some of the products considered by the startups above could be vaporware. Unfortunately, a few once-promising electric trucks have already been cancelled.
Bollinger B2 Engines
Bollinger’s promising Class 3 electric truck, as well as its SUV counterpart, seemed to have been formidable all-terrain vehicles. Since their unveiling, however, Bollinger has decided to abandon consumer vehicles to focus on commercial electric vehicles.
The startup EV Nikola had unveiled its Badger pickup before experiencing difficult times. While the company started building electric tractor-trailers, the Badger now languishes in the “Past Innovations” section of the company’s website.