From the most diehard pickup enthusiasts to the people who use their trucks to make a living, an electric truck has seemed like a pipe dream. However, with at least four EV trucks coming to market soon, we can expect that dream to turn into a reality.
The winner of these EV truck wars will step into a huge market for work trucks and pleasure vehicles. So the stakes are high. Here’s a look at the competition while we wait for the real action to begin.
Ford F150 Lightning
We have to start with the Ford F150 Lightning. It is sliding in as the least expensive, and it can tow 6,600 pounds to start. It can go up to 10,000 pounds if you are willing to pay a bit more. Plus, like many Ford trucks, it has a huge cabin, a decent-sized bed, and a small, drainable trunk upfront (or frunk, as Ford calls it).
All in all, it is quite a truck considering that Ford is asking only $40,000. In the U.S., there’s a tax incentive that some will be able to take advantage of. As for range, it is said to go up to 230 miles on one charge, which is good for a person who uses their truck for work.
This one has the odd space-age look. It’s making a lot of promises, but be aware that with those promises, you’ll need a lot more cash. The basic truck will be around the cost of the Ford, but prices climb if you want to achieve record-breaking horsepower and torque.
Since we have yet to see one of these trucks in circulation, and there are more F150s than anyone would care to count, Tesla is going to have to be really good and affordable to change the current Ford-dominant pickup culture.
Wow, it’s been a while since we saw a new Hummer. Now GMC is coming out with a 1000-horsepower Hummer EV truck. Unfortunately, it’s almost double the cost of the Ford. So at this point, it’s a collector’s item more than a work truck. Still, it’s going to be interesting to see Hummers back on the road. WIll GMC follow with an SUV? It probably depends on how well the truck sells.
Rivian EV Truck
If you haven’t heard of this manufacturer, you will. Rivian is coming out with its EV trucks. At this point, they are more costly than the Fords, but they will be more powerful like the Teslas, with which they will more directly compete.
Until the trucks are here, we’ll be itching to try out the insanely high torque that many EV trucks are promising. We just hope prices start coming down into the Ford range so more people can join in on the fun. There’s word that Ram and Chevrolet aren’t too far behind the rest, and competition is always a good thing when it comes to affordability.