In order, the top 3 best selling vehicles in the U.S. last year were the Ford F Series, Ram Trucks, and the Chevy Silverado. The pickup truck market is enormous and stands as the second-largest vehicle segment. It’s pretty clear that manufacturers are focusing on entering the electric car market with crossovers, the leading segment, but where are the electric pickup trucks?
A few years ago battery costs were still too high to power a massive work vehicle capable of towing 8,000 lbs such as the Ford F150. Legacy automakers took a step back and waited for costs to come down and be comparable to current engine manufacturing prices. Who could blame them? Sure, EV sales are rising, but truck sales aren’t declining.
This left the segment as an open market since no one has yet to manufacture an electric truck. New companies quickly formed to fill in the space. Now, in 2020, even legacy automakers are looking to jump in the ev truck space. Below are 8 new electric trucks fighting to be the first. Some might be coming sooner than you’d imagine.
After making its debut at the 2018 L.A. Autoshow, the Rivian R1T might just be the most anticipated electric pickup truck on this list and gunning for the spot of best electric truck. This is a luxury truck at its finest but Rivian is also giving it the title of an “electric adventure truck”. With 600 employees, 4 facilities, and over a billion dollars in backing, this might be the first electric pickup truck to actually hit the mass market.
The Rivian R1T is designed with off-road and lifestyle intentions rather than work. While its aesthetic displays this in line with a Range Rover, the electric truck company is looking to make the Rivian R1T more of a toy. Catering to both those who leave their weekend vehicles covered in mud or just need a massive machine to tow their jet skis.
The R1T appearance is mostly for aerodynamics but those iconic Rivian headlights are definitely a statement on their own. What they’ve dubbed “Stadium Lights” and long “Position Light” are simply meant for you to recognize the car on the road above all others.
“We’re a new brand coming to the marketplace and we wanted something – maybe people wouldn’t recognize the name initially but you’ll certainly memorize that and remember it and remember that that’s a Rivian.”
Its general dimensions make it slightly larger than a Honda Ridgeline or Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab. Even with a massive battery pack, Rivian’s electric truck can safely travel through waters up to 3.3 feet in depth, which is a foot more than the Mercedes G-Class. It has a payload of almost 1,800 lbs and can tow 11,000 lbs.
Rivian’s electric pickup truck is set to come with three battery options, a 105 kWh, 135 kWh, and a massive 180 kWh. These translate to 230 miles, 300+ miles, and 400+ miles of range. The largest battery currently on the market is made by Tesla at 100 kWh capacity with a 393 mile range. Surprisingly, the mid-range 135 kWh model is set to have the most performance at 754 hp and an impressive 0-60 of 3 seconds. The long-range 180 kWh battery is set to have 700 hp and a 0-60 of 3.2 seconds. The difference is most likely caused by the weight of the pack. The base model is set to go 0-60 in 4.9 seconds with 402 hp. All 3 models are capped at a 125 mph top speed but Rivian has stated the possibility of over-the-air performance upgrades as an option for its new-age, all-electric, truck.
What might not be the largest truck on the market definitely has an adequate amount of storage. The Rivian truck bed is not the largest at 55 inches but the company has found other storage solutions. This new electric truck will also have a massive front trunk boasting 11.6 cubic feet of space. They’ve also gotten a bit innovative by adding a new storage space called a “gear tunnel” meant for things such as snowboards, fishing rods, or golf bags. It adds 12 cubic feet of space and the door can also be used as an outdoor seat or stool to easily access the roof racks. Under the bed is also a lockable compartment with a full-sized spare tire. If you opt-out of the spare, the compartment holds another 7 cubic feet of space.
The dedicated electric truck manufacturer is also working on modular gearbox and bed additions. The Rivian camper truck edition stores an entire kitchen in the gearbox with a popup tent converting the bed into a bedroom.
As every new car entering the 2020’s does, Rivian is also focusing on tech. The Rivian R1T has 3 massive screens. One replacing the traditional dash, another replacing the dials behind the steering wheel, and the third in the back for infotainment and climate control for rear passengers. The R1T is also equipped with cameras, LIDAR, radar, and ultrasonic sensors for level 3 autonomous driving.
The all-electric Rivian R1T will have fast charging capabilities up to 160 kW with an onboard 11 kW charger. That excels current standards and meets what will most likely be standards at the time of release but we aren’t so sure it’s future proof with the ongoing 350+kw chargers being prepared. The R1T should charge at a decent speed of 200 miles in 30 minutes.
Right now, Rivian has the most promising future electric truck. They’ll most likely be the first to hit the market and if the production version is anything like the concept revealed, it’s sure to be a hit. The mid tier Rivian will be priced starting at $69,000 with no word on how high pricing will go, or what the base model will start at. The Rivian R1T release date was originally expected for 2020 and preorders are already opened. However, due to Rivian closing down their production facility, the R1T and R1S have been delayed to 2021. Rivian R1T deliveries will begin June 2021 with the R1S starting shortly after in August.
Alongside the electric pickup truck, the company is producing an electric SUV dubbed the Rivian R1S. R for Rivian, 1 for 1st edition, and S/T for SUV/Truck. With so much ambition and plans, many are calling Rivian the next Tesla. The company has even been commissioned by one of their backers, Amazon, to build 100,000 electric delivery vans. A Ford electric truck collaboration is rumored to be in the works as well, as Ford is another one of Rivian’s long list of investors.
This Arizona based company is considered the markets electric truck underdog by many. With a fraction of the workforce and very little funding, they have still managed to state some out of this world, almost comical, specs for their electric pickup truck, the Atlis XT. Atlis plans to bring a 500 mile ranged workforce truck to market by 2020.
The Atlis XT will have a base range of 300 miles. Other range tiers are set for 400 and 500 miles for the electric pickup truck. The Atlis XT will be made available in a 2 and 4 door option. A 0-60 of 5 seconds and top speed of 120 mph isn’t breaking any records but sure is impressive for a full-sized electric truck. The Atlis XT price is set to start at $45,000, with the mid-tier costing $58,000, the top end one being $69,000, and the fully fitted top-end being $78,000.
“Our Atlis XT is a full-size pickup truck platform, with specifications and capabilities similar (or better) to what you expect out of full-size work trucks today – bed sizes, towing capacity, 5th wheel and gooseneck towing capability, payload capacity, 6 passenger capacity, ability to swap the bed for service bodies, up to 500 mile range, etc. Rivian is focused on a different market with different capabilities.”
Atlis makes it clear that they don’t want to enter the luxury market. Instead, they want to create a full-fledged electric work truck. A wide range of options are expected. From a 6.5’ bed to a 8’ dually, there’ll be a variant for every job. True four-wheel drive with independent power delivery for maximum traction control and independent air spring suspension will give this beast off-road capabilities as well.
Maximum towing capabilities are set at 35,000 lb GCWR up a 6% grade while maintaining 65mph for the dually with a gooseneck. The standard trailer hitch will have options starting at 5,000 lbs up to 17,000 lbs. Payload capabilities range from 1,000 – 5,000 lbs.
Atlis also plans to add a bit of tech to their electric pickup truck. Replacing rearview mirrors with screens mounted on both sides of your steering wheel, you’ll have a better view of your surroundings. They also plan on having an adaptive cruise control option for the electric pickup truck and adding advanced autonomous capabilities in the future.
In addition to the XT, Atlis is also looking to enter the infrastructure market with their own charging stations built specifically for electric trucks and EVs with towing needs.
“Today’s charging stations are primarily set up for pull-in, back-out use cases, where the addition of a trailer makes the station unusable or blocks multiple spots or passing traffic. The refueling stations built today have had significant time to solve these concerns, and our charging solution will similarly be a pull-through design to accommodate this need.”
While the current infrastructure market is looking into 350KW chargers, Atlis plans on making theirs a ludicrous 1.5MW. For some perspective, a Tesla Supercharger today is capped at 250KW. Atlis wants their 500 mile ranged trucks to charge from zero to full in just 15 minutes.
For a company with so many promises, they have yet to show any actual numbers. We have yet to see the actual battery capacity, horsepower, torque, or any pricing apart from the base. With the handful of employees and close to no funding, Atlis is nowhere near as prepared as others. But that won’t stop them from trying. The startup recently received $1.07 million in public investment to build their first prototype Atlis truck. If you’re a fan or believe in their future in electric trucks, keep an eye out for their next public offering.
If you are even more interested in what the Atlis XT has to offer, we wrote a more in-depth article regarding the electric truck after speaking with Atlis Motor CEO Mark Hanchett.
The new startup Bollinger actually has two electric trucks coming to market. The B2, an electric pickup truck, and the B1, what they call a “Sports Utility Truck”. Bollinger is a small Michigan based company but they don’t see that as a disadvantage. Catering to a small niche, they definitely have their place in the market.
Both the Bollinger B1 and B2 are extremely rugged and simplified vehicles. These might just be the electric vehicles for the Jeep cultists out there, at least until an electric Jeep Wrangler is revealed. With its massive 120 kWh battery, which is currently larger than anything else on the market, it only gets a 200-mile range. This is mostly due to its weight and poor aerodynamics but that’s nothing new to lovers of box-shaped vehicles. The typical Bollinger customer won’t go on road trips and instead use these trucks for work or off-roading.
The B1 and B2 both classify as Class 3 Work Trucks and will not have airbags. These trucks will be able to haul significant loads with a 5,001 lbs payload capacity, 7,500 lbs tow capacity, and 668 ft-lb torque on the B2. Doors, glass, roof, and seats are all removable making this one of the more versatile vehicles. It’s no question as to why some are calling this the electric Jeep Wrangler. The B2 will have a max bed length of 8’2” with its wall open and rear seats removed.
With its dual motors, 614 hp, and an all-aluminum body, the Bollinger B2 can reach a top speed of 100 mph with a 0-60 of 4.5 seconds. Not too shabby for a cube made of metal.
Being a smaller company, Bollinger is not looking to make their own motors or batteries. Instead, they will off-source most components and focus on the assembly and design of their electric trucks. Unlike others, it’s smart for Bollinger to start off small and humble rather than promise the unachievable. A Bollinger B1 release date is scheduled for 2020 with the Bollinger B2 electric pickup to follow shortly after. Due to their simplicity, this truck can very easily enter the European market soon after with a right-hand drive. The Bollinger B1 price was announced recently at an astonishing $125,000, well above the expected price point.
“Rivian’s extremely different than us. It’s more mainstream, more luxury — and that’s great. That’s their market, but it’s not ours.
I’m sure when Tesla comes out with their pickup truck, it’ll be great. But we’re still going to be different. I’m just happy that there are
more electric cars. I applaud them for doing a great job, and I believe that we can co-exist very nicely.”
The most recent news coming from the company is slightly altered “production-intent” designs for both the B1 and B2 that have some slight differences from their initial prototypes.
The differences are slight but they are there. Bollinger stated that they raised the beltline (that line before the windows start) to allow for more volume within the car. As a consequence of that move, they also raised the roof in order to keep the windows the same size, as such both the B1 and B2 have a taller appearance. Due to an advancement in their thermal management, Bollinger is able to use a slimmer radiator in the front and was able to widen the funk. Additionally, they moved the headlights more towards the outer edge of the car, similar to how the taillights are spaced, leading to increased symmetry.
They also moved the B-pillar forward slightly to give better entry to the rear occupants. Finally, a change exclusive to the B2 for obvious reasons, the truck bed is now independent of the cabin allowing for commercial use customizability as well as easier repairability. However at the end of it all, the B1 and B2 exude the same energy they did when they were prototypes. We still have the cool cargo pass through, rugged looks, and high price tag.
The Workhorse W-15 was set to be the first electric truck on the market with deliveries this very year. Sadly, even after a decent amount of preorders, Workhorse has paused all development of this vehicle. It’s still nice to see what could have been and who knows, maybe one day Workhorse will revisit this striking EV truck.
Although it’s not fully electric, it was a plug-in hybrid truck. The W-15 concept can go 80 miles on all-electric on a 60 kWh battery pack with an additional range extender supplying 310 more driving miles. The range extender, supplied by BMW, is just a gas generator that supplies power to the electric motors. It could possibly go even further on just electricity but 20 kWh are reserved for degradation. That means the manufacturer stated 80 mile electric range should remain the same throughout the majority of this vehicle’s lifetime.
You probably haven’t heard of Workhorse and their plug-in hybrid truck, and there’s a good reason. Workhorse typically produces trucks and vehicles for fleet use. Think utility companies or UPS. They don’t generally deal with the public. This was set to change that when Workhorse opened up reservations for their W-15 electric truck last year.
The Workhorse W-15 is nowhere near record-breaking with its 5.5 second 0-60 or 80 mph top speed. Its 2,200 lbs max payload and 5,000 lbs tow capacity also don’t stand out against its ICE counterparts for its size but it’s not meant too. These fleet trucks are mostly used for service calls and rarely haul heavy equipment.
Being an electric work truck, you can obviously plug in your equipment into the Workhorse W-15 and its 7.2 kW charger. If you run out of juice, the generator will just kick on. Workhorse was also working on a 14-kW module that would be able to power an entire house in case of an outage. The Workhorse W-15 was basically just a generator on wheels.
You won’t find much tech on this electric truck. The basics such as lane departure warnings and emergency braking are there but you won’t see any autopilot or self-driving features. The interior looks just like what you’d expect from a truck built for fleet purposes, dull.
The Workhorse W-15 concept is based off a Chevrolet Silverado but the chassis was fully designed by Workhorse. The Workhorse pickup truck was set to start at $52,500, but that ship has sailed. Hopefully, the discontinuation of the W-15 project opened up doors to something even better.
After much anticipation, the Tesla truck was finally unveiled in late 2019 and will be the next electric truck for sale. Tesla still has a long way to go before starting production for their truck but that hasn’t stopped people from talking about it. The Tesla truck could possibly be the furthest away on this list, as of today. It is expected to go into production in late 2021 and 2022 for the single-motor option.
“Well I can’t talk about the details, but it’s gonna be like a really futuristic like cyberpunk, “Blade Runner” pickup truck. It’s gonna be awesome, it’s gonna be amazing. This will be heart-stopping. It stops my heart. It’s like, oh, it’s great. You know, I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not, but I don’t care. I mean I do care, eventually, you know. Like sure, I care. We wanna get gasoline, diesel pickup trucks off the road. But if I find, like, you know, I’m personally super-excited by this pickup truck. It’s something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. And I’ve been iterating sort of designs with Franz … It’s like I really wanted something that’s like super-futuristic cyberpunk. Which, if it doesn’t … if I’m weirdly like … if there’s only a small number of people that like that truck, I guess we’ll make a more conventional truck in the future. But it’s the thing that I am personally most fired up about. It’s gonna have a lot of titanium.”
And cyberpunk it most definitely was. The design drew up much controversy with many hating it and others falling in love. The titanium was dropped for a bullet-proof ultra-hard 30X steel. Along with a proprietary transparent steel “Tesla Glass”, this truck will be one of the most durable vehicles available in the next few years. It’s basically a tank on wheels.
That material will come at a cost, however, as it is still not known if Tesla will offer it with different colors as you can’t paint it the same way that you can a regular vehicle. When asked on Twitter about color, Elon responded that you will be able to wrap the car in whatever color or pattern you want. Whether he meant you specifically the owner will have to wrap it, and there won’t be any additional colors, is still up in the air. We have decided to take the liberty and envision what the Cybertruck would look like in some of the automotive world’s most famous colors.
With the prior images and hints we were able to draw up pretty good speculation of what the Tesla truck would be. As it turns out, most of it was wrong. Most notably, it starts at only $39,900.
|Single Motor RWD||Dual Motor AWD||Tri Motor AWD|
|Tow Capacity||7,500 lbs||10,000 lbs||14,000 lbs|
|Max Payload||3,500 lbs||3,500 lbs||3,500 lbs|
|Range||250 miles||300 miles||500 miles|
|0-60||6.5 seconds||4.5 seconds||2.9 seconds|
While we don’t have exact battery specifications yet, we do have range. The Tesla Cybetruck tops out at an industry-leading 500-mile range. Musk did at one point state that the Tesla pickup could possibly go over the current 100 kWh battery packs and this basically verifies that as true. There’s some time between now and the release of the electric truck so battery technology can still drastically improve. EV truck competitor Rivian has stated a 180 kWh battery in their 400-mile range truck. As it turns out, the two fan favorites, the Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck compare nicely.
Like others, this new electric truck will have 220V power outlets for work tools, completely replacing the need for generators. It will also be equipped with 110V outlets and a built-in air compressor. It will be made all-wheel drive and have dynamic suspension that adjusts per load. Most notably, it will also come with Tesla’s software updates which will push your vehicle’s software to new heights even after your initial purchase.
In terms of size, the Tesla truck is just about the same size as a Ford F150, but Musk has toyed around with the idea of having the newest iteration of the Cybertruck is 3% smaller than the prototype. This idea was later scrapped, and so the size will stay similar to the prototype that we saw. However, second, smaller Cybertruck could possibly be in the works.
Like the F150, the Tesla Cybertruck has seating for 6. It’s tow capacity, payload, speed, and range make it the current leading pickup truck overall. The Tesla Cybertruck certainly is a real truck.
|Tesla Cybertruck||Rivian R1T||Ford F150|
|Max Payload||3,500 lbs.||TBA||3,270 lbs.|
|Max Towing||14,000 lbs.||11,000 lbs.||13,200 lbs.|
|Max Range||500+ Miles||400+ Miles||500+ Miles|
|Top Speed||TBA||125 mph||110 mph|
|0-60 mph||2.9 sec.||3.0 sec.||5.1 sec.|
In traditional Tesla fashion, the interior is both modern and sleek. It’s fitted with a horizontal 17″ screen with an all-new interface. The new electric pickup truck is capable of charging at up to 250kWh speeds making the road trips on those 500 miles of range that much easier.
A new Tesla ATV was shown during the unveiling and is set to come as an option for the electric pickup truck itself. A special edition made using recycled steel from SpaceX’s MK-1 is also set as a future option for the Tesla Cybertruck. As for colors, only the standard steel and matte black have been confirmed.
From its own webpage, we can see that a camping option and trailer will be made available. Like the Rivian R1T, Tesla’s camper option is fit with its own cooktop and built-in tent. Tesla has wasted no time in calling out Ford. A potential Ford vs Tesla competition is in the works. It’s only a matter of time before an electric Ford F150 can be put head to head with the Tesla Cybertruck.
The most unexpected addition to this list will come from a brand that was most famous for the amount of gasoline its models drank years ago. Hummer will look to shed its old gas-guzzling days and in true “pinch me, am I dreaming?” fashion, the brand has been revived with a fully electric model.
However, the Hummer brand itself has not been revived as the electric Hummer will be a part of GMC brand and “Hummer EV” will be the actual model name. This arrangement allows GM to save on money in regards to have separate Hummer dealerships and allows them to leverage GMC’s existing dealer network.
The Hummer EV was revealed to us in October, giving us a look at its design, features, and some of its specifications. Unfortunately, we still don’t have the full picture as we do no know its battery things such as its battery capacity or towing capabilities, but we have a good enough picture for the time being.
For those looking for an affordable electric pickup, you might as well skip over this entry as the Hummer EV will be the most expensive option aside from the Bollinger. The old gasoline Hummers were not exactly affordable and the Hummer EV which GM is touting as a “Supertruck” is no exception. The first Hummer EV trim available will be the ‘Edition 1’ (because every first-year model of an EV needs to be a special edition now) in Fall 2021 and will cost about $112,000. Following the release of the Edition 1, GMC will release a cheaper and less powerful model every year until 2024 when the base Hummer EV model will be released at a price of $80,000. Below you will find a quick breakdown of the specs and release dates for each trim.
The Hummer EV will be one of the first to use GM’s newest Ultium batteries and powertrain, and it shows when you look at the specs of the Edition 1. GM is targeting a range of over 350 miles and a 0-60 mph time of only 3 seconds from the behemoth. Even though the price is in the six-figures, it does provide enough of high-end specs to be seriously competitive in the near future and might sway some rich buyers looking for an exceptionally thick EV and aren’t fans of the much cheaper Tesla Cybertruck or Rivian R1T. But looking at the base truck, all the way in 2024, I would be hard-pressed to say those are competitive specifications for an electric car 3-4 years in the future. It especially stings because the truck doesn’t get significantly cheaper in that time frame. By 2022 Tesla plans to have a $40,000 Cybertruck with at least 300 miles of range and I personally don’t know how you can plan to release a truck for twice the price with inferior specification two years after that, regardless of any features that you tack onto the car. A range of 250 miles is considered the cusp of acceptable by many today, the standards will most certainly rise in the next four years.
Looking for a design standpoint, GM did a good job of retaining the Hummer look while modernizing it to not look like a brick. The electric pickup is imposing and easily recognizable as a Hummer. The front of the electric pickup is dominated by a light bar that spans the entire front end because lightbars are the future as we are seeing from every concept car. The lightbar has little slits of metal evenly spaced out to give an appearance of old-school grill lines. Additionally, one quirky feature with the light bar is that it can also double as a huge charging indicator when you plug the Hummer in to charge. The roof has panels that can be pulled out and stored in the large frunk so that you can convert the Hummer into a convertible when you are trying to enjoy the great outdoors. We don’t have an exact size for the truck bed but it most certainly looks smaller than the standard truck bed length, limiting some of the utility that this pickup can bring.
Off-roading has obviously been given attention to the development of the Hummer EV. The Hummer EV is equipped with 35-inch wheels as standard which GMC states can scale 18-inch verticles and go through 2 feet of water. Additionally, the electric pickup can accommodate wheels of up to 37-inches if the 35s are too small for your liking. The bottom of the truck has been reinforced with steel plates to protect the truck and battery from any sort of sharp debris that you might be driving over. And to help you avoid such incidents the Hummer EV comes with ‘Ultravision’ which placed cameras under the truck so that you can better understand the terrain that you are on and avoid any nasty gashes to the bottom of your car from debris. Other off-road features include an adaptive air suspension that can raise the truck up about 6 inches along with their dubiously useful CrabWalk which allows the Hummer EV to move in a diagonal line thanks to its four-wheel steering.
Overall there are a lot of nice off-road features, but I remain skeptical of the overlap between the number of people that will pay over $100,000 for a car and those who are willing to take such a car off-road.
The interior is relatively modern and attractive. The trim showed off in the reveal had a nice two-tone black-light grey color scheme with bronze accents on the door panels and bits of the dashboard. The dashboard houses your now usual arrangement of a 13.4-inch center console screen and a 12.3-inch information display behind the wheel. There are not too many frills in the interior, in a good way. The interior looks just as rugged and sharp as the outside of the car, but you still get the modern comforts of leather seats, glass roofs, and big screens so this isn’t the spartan interior of the original Hummer H1.
In regards to autonomous driving, the Hummer EV will have GM’s Super Cruise which is actually one of the best implementations of autonomous driving in any production car. The system has been exclusively in Cadillacs, but the Hummer EV will be the first non-Cadillac to be able to use the system. Super Cruise actually is able to be driven hands-off on about 200,000 miles worth of roadway across America. Currently, automatic lane changes are in the works to be added to the system next year, so hopefully, it will be in time for the Hummer EV’s debut. The system can also act as a traditional adaptive cruise control as well as employing lane centering.
It is pretty hard to judge the Hummer EV. At this moment the only thing we can base it off is the specs which we have been shown, and unfortunately, the specs of the top end tri-motor Tesla Cybertruck match or exceed those we have seen from the Hummer EV at half the cost. The specifications for the Rivian R1T also look to be comparable at a lower price for those people that want a more traditional look to their truck and don’t appreciate the cyberpunk design of the Cybertruck. There of course is a place for premium cars, but usually, there is something that helps justify shelling out the extra cost, whether it be brand prestige, premium materials, or bleeding edge technology, none of which seem to be applicable to the Hummer EV unless you are a die-hard Hummer fan. According to the GMC site, reservations for the Edition 1 were full within the day of the reveal (although we don’t know how many spaces there were available in the first place) so there seems to be enough demand for the first year, and I stand that while the price is high, the specs offered by the Edition 1 is competitive enough. My problems lie with the models going forward which don’t improve their features and don’t cut their prices aggressively enough.
Will the Hummer EV serve as the ‘halo’ car for GM that gets people talking about their electric cars and convert sales to their more high-volume future EVs? Perhaps, aside from the Corvette GM doesn’t really have a supercar that they could turn into something like the Tesla Roadster or Rimac Concept Two, so they opted for a Supertruck instead of a Supercar.
Another new electric truck company that appears on this list is Lordstown Motors, who takes its namesake from Lordstown, Ohio where a former GM factory is now being retooled to create electric trucks. Lordstown has a relation to another entry on this list, Workhorse, who owns 10% of the company and has a licensing agreement in place.
The company was founded only a year ago but is being staffed by experienced executives such as former Workhorse Founder and CEO, Steve Burns as well as former Tesla Director of Manufacturing, Rich Schmidt, along with former employees of Tesla, VW, Toyota, and more.
While the specifications are not final, the price seems to be as Lordstown is already accepting $100 deposits and lists the Endurance electric truck with a starting price of $52,500. Other pertinent numbers include a 250+ mile range (at least 200-mile range EPA), 7,500 lbs. towing capacity, 600 hp, and a top speed of 80 mph.
At a starting price of $52,500, Lordstown is gunning directly for the Ford F-150 which it proudly pits the Endurance up against on their website to detail the difference in the cost of ownership between the two.
The most unique aspect of the Endurance is that it will feature four in-wheel hub motors. Instead of having motors in the middle of the axel(s) like EVs traditionally have, Lordstown will have a motor placed within each wheel, similar to what Rimac does with their electric hypercars. While the concept has obviously existed before, Lordstown claims that this will be the first time that in-wheel motors will be used in a commercial vehicle.
Having a motor in each individual wheel allows for the greatest amount of control and power delivery for each wheel. It will be interesting to see how the Endurance handles as an EV truck. Additionally, Lordstown claims that the in-wheel motors cut down on moving parts and makes the bold claim that the Endurance has the fewest moving parts of any moving vehicle. We do not actually know how you would go about measuring and validating that claim, but it has been made.
Lordstown had the reveal of the Endurance on June 25th and showed the electric truck in its production form, which was not too unlike the concept that was shown. The company revealed that it has about 40,000 pre-orders and is targeting a production start date sometime in 2021.
Some interior renders were also released a little bit after the initial reveal of the electric truck.
Ford has arguably been taking its time moving forward into the electric vehicle space. Given how dominant they are in the truck space, you would imagine that they would have been the first to try and dominate the electric truck space as well. It took some time, but somewhere around the time of Tesla announcing its intentions to create the Cybertruck, mummers of an electric F-150 were starting to arise.
Ford at that point had already made some electric moves, namely a $500 million investment and partnership with Rivian. But then the company confirmed their intention of building an electric F-150 and have even released a video of a ford electric truck pulling a train.
We have not heard anything new coming from Ford in regards to the electric F-150, but it is confirmed and we do expect to see it sometime in 2021, ready to do battle with the Cybertruck.
The company has already announced its first all-electric car, the Mustang Mach E, which will look to take on the Model Y later this year. While the Mustang Mach E looks like a promising step in the right direction for Ford, we will wait for production to actually start and the Mach E to hit the road to gauge its success. Whatever mistakes Ford might make along with way with the Mustang Mach E, they will surely try to iron out for the F-150 as the truck market is extremely important for Ford.
The company has partnered with another automaker making the drastic shift to electric cars, VW. Ford is expecting to sell 600,000 electric vehicles in Europe alone based on VW’s platform in the next six years. Volkswagen is one of the larger players in the EV space going as far to bring back an electrified fan favorite, the Volkswagen ID Buzz.
Along with the newfound Rivian, Ford has just about everything they need to enter the market of electric trucks. The automaker is seemingly taking electrification seriously so we expect to see a new Ford electric truck or even an electric F150 hit the streets soon enough.
Update: The fate of the Nikola Badger is up in the air. With all the turmoil that has gone on at Nikola it looks like the company is going back to only focusing on semi-trucks.
The Nikola Badger is an interesting addition to the list as it is the only electric truck on this list that operates as a blend of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cells. As such, while the Badger is advertised with a 600-mile range, only 300 miles of that range is from the battery portion while the other 300-mile range is from the fuel cell. So if you do not intend to use hydrogen, you still get a pretty respectable range.
The tentative specifications of the Badger are as follows:
- 600 miles on blended FCEV / BEV
- 300 miles on BEV alone
- Operates on blended FCEV / BEV or BEV only by a touch of a button
- 0-60mph 2.9 sec.
- 906 HP peak
- 455 HP continuous
- 980 ft. lbs. of torque
- 160 kWh, flooded module – lithium-ion battery
- 120 kW fuel cell
- Advanced Supercapacitor Launch Assist that blends with lithium-ion and fuel-cell
- -20F operating environments without major performance or SOC losses
- Towing capacity of over 8,000 pounds
- Operating targets without motor stalls up to 50% grade
- 15 kW power export outlet
- Compatible with industry-standard charging for BEV mode
- Five seats
- Truck dimensions: 5890 mm long x 1870 mm tall x 2180 mm wide a 1560 mm bed width
While Nikola Motor’s predominant mission statement is to provide the world with hydrogen fuel cell semi-trucks, the company is hopeful that the Badger will sell enough to be competitive with the Cybertruck. With so much on their plate already, Nikola is relying on an undisclosed OEM that will actually build the Badger.
No final pricing for the Badger has been revealed, nor the production body, which will both hopefully be unveiled later this year.
With a list of impressive specs yet no product to display, some are wondering if Nikola is a scam. Nikola’s founder and chief executive, Trevor Milton, insists Nikola is on track to achieving all of their promises.
The company is holding an event dubbed Nikola World 2020 in December where it will reveal the final form of the Badger along with who exactly will be building it. It looks like we will have to wait till we get closer to Nikola World to see if any legitimacy can be added to the Badger.
There’s a reason nearly every name listed here is unrecognizable. The legacy automakers just aren’t pushing any new electric trucks out yet. You might be asking, why? Trucks take up almost half of all car sales in the U.S. Sure, EV sales are on the rise but truck sales have not been impacted one bit by this.
These new electric truck manufacturers are taking advantage of the open market while the legacy automakers sit back and wait it out. There is no real reason for someone like Dodge to enter the market with an electric Ram this early with manufacturing costs this high. As costs come down and demand increases, they’ll enter the market and take it over last minute. The Dodge Ram has been one of the best selling vehicle in America for years. Eventually, the electric Ram will take over that title. Or who knows, maybe someone else will take their place? Regardless, these manufacturers have no reason to rush into the electric car business as they’ll always have customers.
In one hand, this is slowing down the electric car revolution but in the other, it has given new companies such as Tesla and Rivian the opportunity to rise and enter this newfound market. We don’t expect electric car sales to surpass traditional gasoline anytime soon but numbers are rising. EV sales are at a steady incline and legacy automakers will follow by easing into the new market gradually.
Ram Electric Truck
The 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque technically has hybrid technology with a small electric motor for adding torque. There are no current official plans for a Dodge electric truck or Ram electric truck. They have however announced intention on producing four electric Jeeps running on a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
While there were no official plans yet, FCA CEO Mike Manley did tell analysts that electric trucks are eventually going to come.
“The reason we haven’t spoken much about electric pickup trucks is not because we view that market as nonexistent. But we’ve always had a slightly different view of timing and adoption rates, particularly in North America in terms of full electrification. We are very committed to our electrification strategy — most of which we have revealed. We haven’t revealed everything. But obviously pickup trucks are a key franchise for us, and we’re not going to sit on the sidelines if there is a danger that our position gets diluted going forward.”
More recently, Manley spoke to the Detroit Free Press and once again reiterated that an electrified Ram truck would be making its way into production:
“I do see that there will be an electrified Ram pickup in the marketplace, and I would ask you just to stay tuned for a little while, and we’ll tell you exactly when that will be,”
As always, I tense up a little when an automaker chooses to use the “electrified” wording as it does not confirm that the future truck will be fully electric and can end up being a plug-in hybrid. Given how far behind FCA appears in regards to electrifying their lineup it would not surprise me one bit if the electrified Ram that Manely is talking about is a plug-in. Perhaps they think that it will serve as a good middle ground that will be able to appease the traditional truck market, but at the same time be something that is more sustainable. We will have to stay tuned as Manely recommended for more news.
Chevy Electric Truck
Chevrolet’s parent company, GM, has gone back and forth originally stating no intentions to manufacture electric trucks anytime soon.
“The core business is going to be the core business for a couple of decades to come. There will not be any AV/EV pickups.”
However, it seems GM has reconsidered their position and are working towards an electric truck.
“We intend to build on our truck leadership. And with that in mind I want to address media coverage of the various industry partnerships around battery electric vehicles and trucks. As you know GM has an industry-leading truck franchise and industry-leading electrification capability. I assure you we will not feed our leadership on either front. We intend to create an all-electric future that includes a complete range of EVs including full-size pickups. And we will share additional information when competitively appropriate.”
Further evidence of the existence of a Chevy electric truck was written in GM’s sustainability report, stating:
Chevrolet BET Truck, which will be the brand’s first electric full-size pickup, offering 400+ miles of range on a single charge
When will electric trucks be available?
The first noteworthy electric truck that will make its debut with be the Rivian R1T which is set to start production in the middle of 2020 and will start deliveries in 2021.
Who makes electric trucks?
At the present moment no one makes an electric truck, however many companies have plans for them. These companies include: Tesla, Rivian, Ford, GM, Workhorse, Atlis, Lordstown, and Bollinger.
Are there any hybrid trucks?
Interestingly there are no hybrid trucks currently available. There are however rumors of a plug-in Ford F-150 along with plug in Jeeps coming to market in the future.
Will there be a Ford electric truck?
Yes, Ford is planning to bring a fully electric Ford F-150 which is rumored to be coming to market sometime in 2021.
How much does the Tesla truck cost?
The Tesla Cybertruck will come in 3 different motor options. Single Motor option starts at $39,900, the Dual Motor starts at $49.900, and the Tri Motor starts at $69,900.
How much the Rivian truck cost?
The lowest trim level of the R1T with the 105 kWh will start at $69,000 with the prices of the 135 kWh and 180 kWh versions not yet revealed.