Top 10 EV pickup trucks
Recently, Tesla introduced its Cybertruck. The numbers on this EV pickup truck are staggering. It has the potential to have a major impact on the pickup truck market. Sure, it’s not exactly subtle, and Tesla has a tendency to overpromise; still – hundreds of thousands of people have laid out deposits to get one.
With the debut of the Tesla Cybertruck – we wanted to focus on other EV pickup trucks that may impact our market within the next few years. In some cases, these EV pickup trucks are mere sketches and concepts. In other cases, they are fully functioning vehicles that are supposed to hit our market in the next few months.
Vaporware – or for real?
Once again, some of these EV pickup trucks are sketches, renderings, clay models and CGI dreams. Many of these companies are looking for investors and/or deposits to bring their dreams to reality. Others may simply be looking for suckers to invest in something that may never be.
This list is based on vehicles that have some potential for production and (possibly) sales in North America. We opted to omit vehicles with range-extending gas engines and hydrogen vehicles.
- Atlas – Built in the USA, starts at $45,000, four-wheel independent suspension with drive motors in each wheel. Single speed gearbox per axle. Spray-in Berliner, one million mile life “estimated.” 500 mile range with a 15 minute charge time.
- Bollinger Motors – SUV and B2 pickup truck. 614 hp and 668 abs-feet of torque. 7,500 towing max with a max load of 5,000 lbs. It will have a 200 mile range. 96-inch expendable bed and a 14 cu-ft “frunk.”
- Chevrolet/GMC – After the 40-day UAW strike, we learned that the automaker would be repurposing its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for the production of electric vehicles and components. The production date is late 2021 – just like the upcoming Ford truck. There is no data yet; however, GM did build a concept retro-mod truck for SEMA that featured two Chevrolet Bolt drivetrains.
- Ford – Very little has been confirmed about the upcoming Ford EV pickup truck. We know that they recently invested half a billion in Rivian, which is producing a skateboard EV platform. Remember the train-pulling stunt a few months back? After Tesla insulted Ford with an unfair tug-o-war with a RWD F-150…. you can bet Ford has revenge on their minds.
- Hercules Electric Vehicles – 1,000 hp and 300+ EV range. 0 to 60 in 4 seconds. Torque vectoring AWD. DC fast charging and zero radius turning. 12,500 max trailer towing and 3,500 lbs max payload. 10,400 lbs GVWR. Released in the spring of 2020.
- Karma EV – Pickup platform – Like Rivian, it will have a modular platform (“Skateboard”) that be able to support electric and plug-in hybrids. So far, there’s a “proof of concept sketch.”
- Lordstown/Workhorse “Endurance.” They expect to start production in the fourth quarter of 2020. The vast majority of electric cars sold new in 2019 are equipped with one electric motor per axle; two-wheel-drive models have a single motor, while the ones with all-wheel drive use two.
- Neuron T/ONE (EUV) = Electric Utility Vehicle. Multi-use platform for personal and industrial use. Van, truck, SUV, pickup truck. Few details – “multi-source propulsion system draws power from an all-electric traction battery pack, replaceable reserve power, and removable solar panel truck bed cover.”
- Rivian R1T – It can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3 seconds or to 100 in 7 seconds. The R1T can also tow a whopping 11,000 pounds. With its largest battery pack, it provides over 400 miles of range (200 of which can be added in 30 minutes via DC fast charging). To top it off, four independent 147kW motors control 3,500 Nm of grounded torque to each wheel and provide a combined output of 14,000 Nm of torque and some 800 horsepower
- Tesla Cybertruck – you know what it is and… do you truly think it will be as advertised? If Tesla can fix their reputation for missing target dates, poor workmanship and inflating prices – this thing could be epic. We will most likely get one too.