The Advent of the Electric Pickup Truck
While the internal combustion engine Ford-150 has dominated the pickup truck landscape in recent history, times are changing. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas — known for his early call of Tesla’s influence on the auto industry — says the profitable pickup truck market is the next step in the electric vehicle revolution. A host of all-electric pickup trucks are hitting the market in the near future.
Pickup trucks and battery technology are a surprisingly good match. Some of the intrinsic characteristics of EVs — including instant torque, traction responsiveness and towing capacity — are important to the pickup truck market. Trucks have a lot of room for batteries, which could do double-duty by providing onsite electricity for power tools. Here are three electric pickup trucks that have people talking.
Rivian made a splash at the most recent LA Auto Show, attracting huge crowds after unveiling its R1T. The
For years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been visualizing core design and engineering elements for an electric pickup truck. In the fourth quarter of 2018, he announced a prototype could be unveiled as early as this summer. Concept photos show a pickup that would be big enough to carry a standard pickup truck in the bed. Musk says the Tesla truck would have a range of 400-500 miles, four-wheel steering, a 240-volt connection for heavy-duty tools and a towing capacity of up to 300,000 pounds. The truck likely won’t hit the market until 2021 or after, but that hasn’t stopped avid Tesla fans from counting down the days.
Though this company isn’t nearly as well-funded as its competitors, it’s promising some pretty impressive specifications for its electric truck, which it hopes to bring to market by 2020. The Atlis XT expects to deliver a base range of 300 miles for $45,000 with additional range tiers for 400 and 500 miles. Designed more for work than luxury, the truck has
Ford isn’t exactly sitting on its laurels. The F-series of trucks has dominated the industry for more than 40 years — and Ford hopes that continues with its announcement of an all-electric F-series pickup. From recent sightings, it appears the truck is in prototype testing, with sharp spotters identifying a vehicle that looked similar to the current gas-powered model at a charging station. Ford executives have hinted at the possibilities electricity brings, including the capabilities to plug into the electric powertrain to eliminate the need for expensive onsite generators.