From electric car startups to old-school-Detroit auto giants, the automotive industry is poised for a battle royale, as companies race to deliver the first all-electric pickup truck on the mass market.
The best-selling vehicle in the US is a pickup truck (Ford’s F-150). Meanwhile, electric vehicle sales have been steadily increasing for years, with some analysts expecting to jump by nearly 40% globally in 2021, topping 3 million electric vehicles sold worldwide.
Therefore, shortly before vehicle manufacturers started flooding the market with electric trucks.
On Monday – after selling reservations for its first set of R1T pickups – Rivian opened another round of pre-orders. Elon Musk and Tesla discussed with the wild (and smashing) Tesla Siebertruck unveiling in November 2019. And, Ford has also stated that the electric version of its best-selling F-150 will finally be available in 2022.
Let’s take a look at some of the much-awaited electric pickups set to hit the market over the next few years.
Rivian is a startup that seeks to land key players in the electric vehicle market. The Irvine, California-based electric automaker has raised nearly $ 6 billion from investors, including Amazon and Ford (which is partnering with Rivian on electric battery technology). Amazon has ordered 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vans, and e-commerce giant plans to begin deploying the vehicles in 2022.
Meanwhile, the Rivian R1T may be the first electric pickup to hit the market when it is expected to arrive early- by mid-2021. The pickup will have a base price of $ 69,000 and a top speed of 125 mph (like the Hammer EV it will go from zero to 60 MPH in 3 seconds). The truck will also come with three different battery options, offering a low-end range of 240 miles per charge and a high-end range of over 400 miles.
Rivian recently stated that the company sold its reservation for the first set of R1T pickups to be delivered in 2021 (customers who pre-ordered trucks had to deposit $ 1,000), however The company has not disclosed how much of the former total has its limits. For Rivian’s current round of pre-orders for pickup, customers can customize their trucks by color and battery size (and also add pull-out camping kitchens for $ 5,000). But those pickups likely won’t be offered at least in early 2022 due to limited production capacity, the company recently told Bloomberg.
Ford’s F-150 pickup truck has been the best-selling vehicle in the US for nearly four decades (the company’s F-series trucks sold around 900,000 vehicles in 2019), so it’s no surprise that the electric version of the truck Highly anticipated. The company has already unveiled plans for electric versions of other Ford vehicles, including the iconic Mustang sports car and an electric transit van.
Slated to hit the market in mid-2022, Ford has promised that the Electric F-150 will be a “very fun truck to drive” and will have dual electric motors and a larger front trunk with hundreds of pounds of storage capacity. . The company also claimed the power of the electric truck in 2019, tweeting a video of an electric F-150 prototype weighing a total of 1.25 million pounds with a payload of 42 pickup double-decker rail cars.
Ford has not yet revealed the full range of electric F-150 specs, or how much the electric pickup will cost.
Musk unveiled a much-anticipated Cybert (with two films-inspired futuristic design: “Blade Runner” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”) at a press event a year ago, in which he also accidentally shot two shortcuts to an electric truck prototype. See unbreakable windows with a steel ball.
Cybertruck has a starting price of $ 39,900 for the single-motor version of the pickup and is expected to begin production in late 2021. The single-motor Cybertbrook will have a range of 250 miles per charge, while the more expensive three-motor version (expected to begin production in 2022) will have a range of 500 miles.
Not retreating in the battle to dominate the electric vehicle market, General Motors said this month that it plans to spend $ 27 billion on all-electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025. In October, GM unveiled a prototype for an electric hammer. Which the company described as “the world’s first supertrack”.
Expected to begin production in late 2021, the GMC Hummer EV pickup will start at $ 112,595 and have a top range of 350 miles per charge, along with the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in just 3 seconds, according to the company accordingly.
Meanwhile, GM has also recently confirmed that the company’s Chevrolet brand will produce an electric pickup truck to compete with rivals such as Ford and other electric startups. While full details are not yet known, the company announced plans this summer to build an electric pickup, called the Chevrolet Beta Truck, that would achieve a range of more than 400 miles per charge.
CNBC had also considered investing in Rivian, but the partnership collapsed when GM wanted exclusive rights to the startup’s technology.
Other competitors in the electric pickup market to be launched in the coming years include Ohio-based Lordstown Motors, which plans to roll out its all-electric endurance pickup by September 2021. The starting price of the pickup is $ 52,500, which is more than the engine with 250 miles and 600 horsepower.
Michigan-based startup Bollinger Motors also plans to release its all-electric B2 Pick in 2021, starting at $ 125,000 and a range of about 200 miles at 614 horsepower.