7 Electric Pickups On The Horizon, Including Ford F-150 Lightning
The electric pickup truck field will be relatively crowded. Seven new models are coming. None are on the road now. That’s posed a bit of a dilemma for fleet managers wanting to green up now. Electric work trucks, including pickups, can do a full day of work or deliveries on a single battery charge. The future looks bright.
EV pickup trucks got a boost last fall when GM unveiled the GMC Hummer pickup and CEO Mary Barra declared, “GM is on the path to an all-electric future.”
A second boost for EVs came Tuesday. A day in advance of the unveiling of the electric Ford F-150 Lightning, President Joe Biden drove a prototype EV F-150 pickup and declared, “This sucker’s fast.” Maybe not as eloquent as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression-era “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” but the First Driver’s enthusiasm for EVs may be contagious, especially when the vehicles are big and fast.
Here’s a rundown of the seven announced EV pickups plus one that that was announced a year ago and is already gone.
This Michigan-based startup is fielding both an SUV (B1) and a pickup (B2), both priced at a heady $125,000, for buyers who want a rugged, capable vehicle with off-road capability. The 614-horsepower all-wheel-drive pickup has a target range of 200 miles via a 120-kilowatt-hour battery, and 75-minute fast-charging capability. The four-door pickup can reach 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, with speed limited to 100 mph, carry 5,000 pounds and tow 7,500. Production is to start late in 2021.
Chevrolet Silverado Electric Pickup
Chevy wants to show what its Ultium batteries can do, and the electric Silverado was announced with an eye-popping 400+ miles of range. It’s on the same electric platform as the Hummer, and styling based on the Silverado update scheduled for next year. To be built at the Factory Zero plant in Detroit, the Silverado will be offered in various configurations from basic workhorse to bling-laden boulevardier. The truck has been delayed by Covid-19, and is now slated to appear in 2023 or 2024. Many details are still forthcoming, but there’s likely to be options for the number of motors and battery size.
GMC Hummer EV SUT
The Hummer pickup will precede the SUV version of the truck (which has a nearly nine-inch shorter wheelbase), and should be on the market by the end of next year. It will be available in several configurations, with two or three electric motors, and up to 1,000 horsepower and a crazy (and disputed) 11,500 pound-feet of torque. Engaging “Watts to Freedom” (WTF) mode enables zero to 60 times as low as three seconds. Range is up to 350 miles, and 800-volt DC fast-charging is enabled. For off-roading, air suspension can raise the Hummer pickup six inches. A “Crabwalk” feature uses four-wheel steering to drive diagonally at low speeds. Payload and towing ability will be important, but it’s not known yet. The launch version is the loaded $112,595 Edition 1. The $79,995 base model won’t arrive until 2024.
Ford F-150 Lightning
This new truck will be unveiled on the evening of May 19, and until then not much is known. Pricing is likely to be in the $70,000 to $100,000 range in a simplified lineup. The use of the “Lightning” name, which Ford previously attached to performance versions of the F-150, is a hint that the truck will be fast off the line—at least in some versions. Ford also promises an onboard work crew generator as on the F-150 hybrids. President Biden drove a prototype the day before the announcement–rank hath its privilege–and it was revealed the battery pack weighs 1,800 pounds.
Lordstown Motors Endurance
The relatively low price of $52,500 is an enticement in this pricey field. The Endurance is the product of a startup spun off from Workhorse, and will be built in a former General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. With a 70-kilowatt-hour battery, the Endurance is said to have 250+ miles of range, a 5.5-second zero to 60 time, and 7,500 pounds of towing capacity. It offers all-wheel drive via four hub motors, and 600 horsepower with up to 4,400 pound-feet of torque. Lordstown says it will ship the vehicle by the end of the year, but despite a 2021 model year designation it’s unclear when it will actually be on sale. The company, the product of a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company) merger, is being investigated by the SEC and has had teething problems, The New York Times reported.
Rivian is an impressive American startup, with huge financing, a deal with Ford, and a contract to provide Amazon with delivery trucks. The R1T (on the market in June, and complementing the R1S SUV) looks good on paper, with more than 400 miles of range available, and 11,000 pounds of towing capacity. The launch edition starts at $75,000, but the cheaper Explore model will follow next year. An R1T with the optional $10,000-extra Max battery pack (135 kilowatt-hours) will have 754 horsepower and three-second zero to 60 times. All R1Ts have all-wheel drive via hub motors and adjustable air suspension.
Tesla is building the affordable electric pickup, since the Cybertruck will eventually be available in a $40,000 single-motor version with 250-mile range on a charge. The radically styled truck will offer, in its top-of-the-range $69,900 three-motor version, 500 miles of range and zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. The four-door Cybertruck seats six, with a 6.5-foot bed. Autopilot and adaptive air suspension are standard on the Cybertruck, which can carry 3,500 pounds of cargo and tow up to 14,000 pounds. Pricing is estimated at $40,000 to $78,000 in three versions, with one to three motors. Knowing Tesla’s history, it’s probably not safe to say when each iteration of the truck will be available. But we should start to see Cybertrucks, built in Texas, sometime next year. The single-motor version won’t be available at launch.
Already Gone: Nikola Badger
Another announced EV pickup truck, the Nikola Badger, died last November, five months after Nikola said it had an agreement with General Motors to design and build the truck, and to possibly take a stake in Nicola. The Badger was regarded as a variant of GM’s own Chevrolet Silverado and GMC (Hummer) EV pickups. Nikola’s bigger business was developing the hydrogen-powered Nikola Semi, and that, too, was criticized as vaporware. A company valued at $29 billion is now worth less than $6 billion. Not everyone can be Tesla.
|Electric Pickup Trucks on the Way|
|Vehicle||Ship Date||Range (Miles)||Battery (kWh)||Horsepower||Base Price|
|Bollinger B2||Late 2021||200||120||614||$125,000|
|Chevrolet Silverado Electric Pickup||2023-2024||400+||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|GMC Hummer EV SUT||2022||Up to 350||Up to 200||Up to 1,000||$79,995|
|Ford F-150 Lightning||Mid-2022||N/A||N/A||N/A||$70,000 (est.)|
|Lordstown Motors Endurance||N/A||250+||70||600||$52,500|
|Rivian R1T||2021 H2||Up to 400+||Up to 135||Up to 754||$75,000 (Launch Edition)|
|Tesla Cybertruck||2022||Up to 500||Up to 200||690 (est.)||$40,000-$70,000 (est.)|
Source: Automakers, Forbes Wheels research