Is there anything more exciting than barreling down a dusty road in a pickup truck with a pair of patriotic flags waving freely in the wind? Some optimists might have thought it would be 2020 (sigh), but pandemic production interruptions and other issues mean that all signs now point to 2021 being the year of the electric truck. Finally, the pickups of our heavy-duty, off-roading, big-hauling dreams are about to be electric. Most of them may end up spending more time at the mall than on the farm, but the electric trucks coming out have looks, speed and power at sometimes surprising price points. Let’s take a look at what sweet ride your hard-earned cash could grab you in the coming year or so.
Atlis is aiming to shorten charging time with innovative battery design while offering an ultra-reliable, practical vehicle that also makes a statement with bold visuals.
|MSRP||Starting at $45,000|
|Range||300, 400 or 500 mile options|
|Charging||CCS compatible, advertising 15-minute charge|
|Drivetrain||4WD with independent traction motors, 4-wheel independent suspension|
|Top Speed||120 mph|
|0 to 60 mph||5 seconds (18 seconds at maximum towing)|
|Towing||6,000, 10,000, 14,000 or 17,000 lb options (one up to 35,000 lb option)|
|Features||Single speed gear box per axle, advanced regenerative braking with dynamic load control, estimated 1-million-mile life|
|Availability||Preproduction vehicles in 2021, sales in 2022.|
"The world's most capable pickup truck."
This boxy beauty has a healthy amount of power and is designed for rugged work. Like its sibling the B1 work truck, the B2 boasts about its extensive capabilities. What would you use it for?
|Range||200 miles (est 70.2 MPGe)|
|Battery Size||142 kWh|
|Charging||J1772 and CCS, 75-minute fast charging time, 10 hour Level 2|
|0 to 60 mph||4.5 seconds|
|Top speed||100 mph|
|Towing Capacity||7,500 with 5,000 payload|
|Features||72” bed, 96” expandable bed, 8.6-cubic-foot frunk, regenerative breaking|
Ford F-150 EV
Ford is doubling down on what it already does with the F-150 EV, taking it through the mud and showing how it can tow 1 million pounds. These demonstrations may not cover everyday use, but they do showcase people’s persistent interest in buying vehicles for extreme cases instead of the day to day. Though few details have been announced yet, the huge number of Ford loyalists should generate strong demand for the electric F-150 when it comes out in mid-2022.
|Ford F-150 EV|
|Range||At least 200 miles|
|Towing capacity||12,000 lbs expected|
GMC Hummer EV
“The world’s first all-electric supertruck.”
While Hummer EV may sound like an oxymoron, with LeBron James on board, it can’t be all bad. The King has come a long way since he drove the Hummer H2 as an 18-year-old and noted the high gas prices. LeBron doesn’t have to worry about gas prices anymore and neither does anyone who drives the Hummer EV. Edition 1 is the first in a planned series of four vehicles, launching in fall 2021 with 350 miles of range and 0-60 in about 3 seconds. It’s a lot of flash that will cost you some cash, but at least you won’t pony up that $40 for gas.
|Details||HUMMER EV Edition 1||HUMMER EV3X||HUMMER EV2X||HUMMER EV2|
|All-electric Range||Estimated 350+ mile range||Estimated 300+ mile range||Estimated 300+ mile range||Estimated 250+ mile range|
|0 to 60 mph||Approximately 3 seconds||TBA|
|Charging||Advertises 800V, 350-kW charging to add nearly 100 miles in 10 min|
|Horsepower||1,000 hp/11,500 lb-ft of torque||800 hp/9,500 lb-ft of torque||625 hp/7,400 lb-ft of torque||625 hp/7,400 lb-ft of torque|
Extract mode lifts 6", crabwalk diagonal driving, different drive modes for offroading, full underbody armor, supercruise driver assistance, automatic lane changing on compatible road, four-wheel steering capability
|Wheels||35" tires on and off 37" capable|
|Availability||Fall 2021||Fall 2022||Spring 2023||Spring 2024|
“Electrifying performance with zero emissions.”
The R1T is Rivian’s first widely available vehicle. At a price point comparable to top-of-the-line gas-powered pickups, it delivers up to 400 miles of range, 750 horsepower and 11,000 lbs of towing power. Plenty of pickup enthusiasts and working professionals alike have their eye on an R1T as a work or everyday vehicle, and we’re excited to see how the sleek design takes off in the market. The company has put a lot of effort into not only electrifying the vehicle but also developing convenient features for its adventurous target customer, and looks poised for success.
|Range||300+ mile Large pack standard|
|0 to 60 mph||3 seconds||TBD||TBD|
|Horsepower||Up to 754||TBD||TBD|
|Torque||Combined motor torque 829 ft-lb||TBD||TBD|
|Towing Capacity||11,000 lbs||TBD||TBD|
|Seats||4 (heated and ventilated)||TBD||TBD|
|Availability||June 2021||January 2022||January 2022|
“Designed to have the utility of a truck with sports car performance.”
Ryan Gosling, anyone? Plenty of people have noticed the Cybertruck for its futuristic Bladerunner aesthetic. The Tesla name carries weight, and there's plenty of interest in this far-out vehicle with the impressive range, speed and power you’d expect from the company.
|Version||Single motor RWD||Dual motor AWD||Tri motor AWD|
|Range||250+ miles||300+ miles||500+ miles|
|0 to 60 mph||<6.5 seconds||<4.5 seconds||<2.9 seconds|
|7,500+ lbs||10,000+ lbs||14,000+ lbs|
|Storage||100 cubic feet of storage with 6.5-foot vault|
|Features||Autopilot and adaptive air suspension standard; ground clearance up to 16"|
|Availability||Available late 2022||Late 2021|
Other electric pickup trucks coming soon include the Fisker Alaska, Nissan Titan and Hercules Alpha. Keep an eye out for these and other 4x4 vehicles on the road.