Are Truck Electric

Earl Hamilton
• Monday, 02 November, 2020
• 10 min read

Many automakers, both startups and well-established players, have announced plans to build all- electric pickup trucks. Tesla is not the only car company preparing to build an all- electric pickup truck, although its new Cybertruck certainly is getting its fair share of attention.

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Except this time, the pickup truck variant (as well as an SUV) be all- electric and badged as a GMC submodel. With a claimed 1000 horsepower and a misleading torque number of 11,500 lb-ft, this fully electric truck is positioned to battle similar EV pickups from rival automakers in what appears to be the next frontier.

Ford builds the best-selling pickup truck in the country, so its decision to create an all- electric version is a big deal. Ford has already boasted about its capability, executing a stunt where an electric F-150 prototype towed a massive freight train filled with 42 F-150 pickups that weighed one million pounds.

With a weird wedgelike shape and DeLorean-esque stainless-steel shell, the Cybertruck certainly eradicates the segment's long-held conventions. But if Tesla's ambitious claims that it can tow up to 14,000 pounds and drive more than 500 miles on a single charge are true, the Cybertruck will be more capable than even the current Ford F-150 and will have a longer range than any EV on the market.

The all- electric pickup also boasts some impressive performance claims, with an estimated zero-to-60-mph time that's under three seconds and an adjustable air suspension that can provide up to 16 inches of ground clearance. If it sounds like Tesla intended the Cybertruck to be more capable off-road than a Jeep, quicker than a Porsche, and stronger than all the best-selling half-ton trucks, well, that's probably not too farfetched.

The R1T has multiple levels of power and battery capacity to choose from, but a few things are standard in all trucks: all-wheel drive, the ability to tow up to 11,000 pounds, an adjustable air suspension, and Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities. Rivian claims that models equipped with the 180.0-kWh pack can hit 60 mph in a supercar-like 3.0 seconds.

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The truck is initially intended for fleet use, but the company is accepting deposits for private use as well. The Bollinger B2 is the wildest and most expensive of the upcoming electric trucks: priced at $125,000, with geared axle hubs, hydro pneumatic suspension, and the ability to carry 16-foot lumber with the tailgate closed.

And despite looking like a Cubist take on a Jeep Gladiator, the on-road stats are impressive, too: 614 horsepower, 668 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.5-second 0-60 time. Known more for its upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell semis, Nikola is using what it’s learned developing big trucks for the open road and transferring it to a more human-sized vehicle.

The automaker states that the two vehicles have 300 and 600 miles ranges respectively from a 160.0-kWh battery pack and 120.0-kW fuel cell. No word on price or when production will start, but CEO Trevor Milton says he wants to take the thrown from Ford’s F-150.

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. With the unveiling of the GMC Hummer EV, the list of planned electric pickups is expanding.

Legacy automakers like Ford and Chevy have theirs coming, as do startups like Tesla, Rivian and Bollinger, as well as some lesser known brands. The GMC Hummer EV comes out swinging with 1,000 horsepower from GM’s new Cultism electric powertrain program, a wealth of off-road features, a removable roof, Super Cruise and the revival of the Hummer name.

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Tesla revealed the Cybertruck last year with, ahem, unique styling, a number of powertrain options and a claimed range of up to 500 miles. It has a compressed paper dash, a ramp for the bed, and “shatterproof” windows.

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Bollinger’s B2 electric pickup is a Class 3 offloaded with retro styling, removable roof panels, and a unique “frigate” with a pass-through down the center of the vehicle. Bollinger also plans to make the B2 Chassis Cab available for fleet customization.

Not to be outdone by the competition, GM has said it will produce a Chevy electric pickup, distinct from the GMC Hummer EV, in the style of the Silverado. Claims are lofty: 1,000 horsepower, 300 miles of range, 12,000 pounds of towing and a 0-60 time of 4 seconds.

EV startup Atlas is planning its AT electric pickup, with 6.5- and 8-foot beds, up to 20,000 pounds of towing (or 35,000 with a fifth-wheel setup), up to 500 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 5 seconds. Revealed late last year at the China International Import Expo, the Neuron EV T. One will ride on a skateboard chassis.

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This one’s not set in stone, but Lucid Motors is planning a full range of EVs, including, possibly, a pickup truck. Slide-1300565slide-1300566slide-1300567slide-1300568slide-1300569slide-1300570slide-1300571slide-1300572slide-1300573slide-1300574slide-1300575slide-1300576slide-1300577slide-1300578slide-1300579slide-1300580slide-1300581slide-1300582slide-1300583slide-1300584slide-1300585slide-1300586slide-1300587slide-1300588slide-1300589slide-1300590slide-1300591slide-1300592slide-1300593slide-1300594slide-1300595slide-1300596slide-1300597slide-1300598slide-1300599slide-1300600slide-1300601slide-1300602slide-1300603slide-1300604slide-1300605Another vague potential plan in the works, Volkswagen board member for electric mobility, Thomas Ulrich, told Autoblog back in August that the Amar ok (the only body-on-frame pickup in VW's portfolio) could hypothetically be offered as an EV.

And even if most still can’t quite match Tesla’s blend of strong acceleration, tech and dedicated charging infrastructure, the fact that they are available and often worthy alternatives shows the segment has evolved dramatically in recent years. But while body styles such as sedans and hatchbacks are the most sensible choices, buyers often want to get their EV kicks on something a little more rugged and practical, like an SUV or a pickup.

In fact, based on research done for this article, there are actually more electric high riders (SUVs and pickups) coming in 2021 than there are sedans and hatches. Audi is putting the finishing touches on its own VOID.4 and SkodaEnyaq sized electric crossover, the Q4 e-tron (and Q4 Sport back e-tron) which like its two VW group stablemates will be available as a conventional looking high-rider or with a coupe-like fastback roof.

While BMW already has electric vehicles that you can buy today, the Bavarian automaker wants to let you know that waiting for the future ix (or iX5) model (the production version of the next) is worth it. It’s therefore a conventional SUV that has been converted to run on electricity, but some may not like it because it’s only available in a rear-wheel drive configuration, so it will be kind of useless going off-road, yet it has a claimed WLTP range of 460 km and isn’t considerably more expensive than ICE versions of the X3 (it starts at under €70,000 in Europe).

Officially unveiled in its final production form in September 2019, it’s expected to go on sale next year with a price tag of $125,000 (it’s also coming to Europe, but we don’t know when or how much it will cost). Now you may think that’s a lot of money for something classed as a truck, with no airbags or active safety features, but where the B1 will make sense is off-road, thanks to its 15-inch ground clearance, 614 horsepower output from its two electric motors and towing capacity of up to 7,500 pounds.

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This trio of electric crossovers from Korea (bearing Hyundai, Kia and Genesis badges) is also expected to make an appearance in 2021. Nissan was a pioneer in the field of EVs with the first generation Leaf, but it has since been overtaken by other automakers and it no longer holds that top position.

It is expected to have a WLTP range of up to 500 km (311 miles) thanks to a 90 kWh battery and sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds in its most powerful version. If you like the specs of the Volkswagen ID.4, but you want something with more distinctive design and a lower acquisition price, then the Škoda Kenya will make a lot of sense to you.

Well that will change in 2021 when it will launch the R1S SUV (and the R1T, the pickup version of the same vehicle) with up to 750 horsepower, an EPA range of 400+ miles (from the largest 180 kWh battery) and towing capability of up to 7,700 pounds. General Motors was late to announce its own electric pickup (and SUV variant of it), yet even, so it is set to launch it before its rivals at Ford.

The model GM came up with is a reimagined Hummer, which will bear a GMC badge, and it promises excellent performance, with decent range. Yet Nikola insists it is a legitimate company that will launch its Badger pickup both as a BEV and a fuel cell electric vehicle sometime in 2021 or 2022.

Lords town Motors is another very new name on the EV scene, yet unlike Nikola, it has already shown a working prototype of its Endurance electric pickup, complete with a fully functional interior. The Endurance, which is expected to go on sale next summer, is unique in that it has four 110 kW hub motors (total power is around 600 horsepower), a solution that was not adopted by any other competing pickup design and a predicted EPA range of over 250 miles on one charge.

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It's an open question as to which electric pickup truck will go on sale first, but it seems like the Rivian R1T will win that race. The R1T should be closely followed by the Tesla Cybertruck and Lords town Endurance, while the other trucks may trail behind a bit.

We should note that launch schedules are subject to change, but as of right now, these trucks appear to be on track to go on sale starting sometime next year. The Tesla Cybertruck is designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car.

Back in October 2019, Bollinger announced that the B2, its pickup truck, would have the exact same starting price as its B1 SUV. Both the B1 and the B2 will have a 120 kWh battery pack, for a total range of 200 miles according to the EPA cycle.

The Endurance pickup truck is unique in that it relies upon 4 in-wheel motors for propulsion. Additionally, Lords town is targeting more of the commercial market with its Endurance pickup truck and is not focused on the passenger vehicle segment.

GMC recently revealed its Hummer electric pickup truck, so now we know whether it's got the guts to stack up against the Tesla Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T. More importantly, reservations are open now (just $100 holds your spot in the queue), although production at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly (formally renamed Factory Zero) is scheduled to start in Fall 2021, a full year from now.

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The Hummer electric truck will be the most capable light-duty truck offered by GMC and the specs seem to support that. However, other electric pickup trucks boast more range and equally impressive performance specs such as 0-60 MPH times and torque/horsepower figures.

We don't know the power figures for the electric F-150, but we assume the numbers will be similar to the metrics released for the Rivian R1T. The Chevy truck will be of the full-size variety and that its targeted range is at least 400 miles on a full charge.

Chevrolet BET Truck, which will be the brand's first electric full-size pickup, offering 400+ miles of range on a single charge. Back in February 2020, Nikola revealed its Badger electric pickup truck concept.

***UPDATE: GM has canceled plans to make the Badger for Nikola, so for now, this truck is a no-go. The Badger, though just a concept for now, aims to compete with the likes of the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, Hummer electric pickup truck, Ford F-150 electric truck and more in the ever-growing segment of electric trucks.

The exterior of the Alpha is very attractive (although it seems a bit like a converted Nissan Titan). It will have over 300 miles (483 km) of range and quad motor, all-wheel-drive system, capable of delivering 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) acceleration in 4 seconds.

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Release Date: Perhaps 2022...maybe Electric Range: Over 300 miles Horsepower: More than 1,000 HP Pricing: Unknown, but you can reserve one for $1,500 Unfortunately, no other mention was ever made in regard to this possible future pickup truck, so there are no details to provide.

According to unofficial sources, Nissan soon might also join the growing number of manufacturers that are working on a full-size electric pickup for the U.S. market. Other trucks such as the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV claim to be nearly as quick off of the line, but we believe the Cybertruck will be the fastest of them all.

Several upcoming electric trucks come with bold towing claims, but until they're put to the test, those are just numbers with no real idea as to what impact weight, shape and so on will impact the truck's range. Lastly, let's not forget that we've seen video of the Ford F-150 EV towing a million-pound train on a track.

The Rivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck, Lords town Endurance and even the Bollinger B2 are all expected to enter production in 2021, with some deliveries actually occurring before the year ends. No other truck is expected to exceed 400 miles, so the Cybertruck should easily win the range war.

What we know for sure is that the FCA CEO talked about the “electrified” pickup truck at the company’s Q3 earnings conference call. He asked customers and stockholders to “stay tuned” because he would eventually inform them about the RAM plans for electrification.

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