Electric pickup trucks are the future of the automotive industry. They’re more cost-effective, smarter, and more environmentally friendly.
The most popular car category in the united states is and has always been the pickup truck. You hear about it in country songs, in pop culture, and in video games. So, it should come as no surprise that electric car companies have all been hyper-focusing recently on producing a good, well-rounded electric truck.
Most popular truck in the U.S
The most popular electric car maker in the world has to be Tesla. They’ve been trailblazers in the electric car industry with their 2019 announcement of the tesla Cybertruck. It’s a rugged, powerful, and extremely unique piece of auto engineering that is sure to dominate the market for the next decade.
However, that uniqueness has drawn a lot of criticisms towards the Cybertruck, as the design is certainly not for everyone and the interior is as infamously lacking as with all Tesla cars. So, if you like electric trucks but the Cybertruck doesn’t suit your taste, what are some better alternatives out there that suit your need? Well, we will try to present you with the best options as of the year 2022.
1- Bollinger B2
We’ll start off this list with this extremely interesting new car that not a lot of people seem to have heard of. Bollinger is a Michigan-based startup that is fielding both an SUV (the B1) and a pickup (B2). Both are quite pricey with a price tag of $125,000. These cars are for buyers who are looking for an extremely rugged, off-road type vehicle that has a lot of power.
The B2 is a 614-horsepower all-wheel-drive pickup with a target range of 200 miles by utilizing a 120-kilowatt-hour battery. The battery is capable of a full charge in just 75 minutes via fast-charging technology. It is a four-door pickup that can reach the 60mph benchmark in just 4.5 seconds, with its top speed limited to 100 miles per hour. It can carry 5000 pounds of load and tow 7500 pounds. Production of this vehicle is starting in late 2021.
2- GMC Hummer EV
GMC announced that the Hummer pickup will come out before the SUV version of the truck, and should be on the market by the end of 2022. It will be released in several configurations, with either two or three electric motors, up to 1000 horsepower, and an amazing (maybe suspiciously too amazing) 11500 pound-feet of torque.
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There’s also a “Watts to Freedom” (WTF) mode which enabled an incredible zero to 60 mph acceleration in just under 3 seconds. Its range is up to 350 miles, and there’s an 800-volt fast charging option available. The Hummer pickup can even raise 6 inches by its air-suspension system, which is perfect for off-roading. There’s also a “crab-walk” mode where the car uses four-wheel steering to drive diagonally at low speeds. The launch version will be the full-option $112,595 Edition 1, with the $79,995 base model not coming out till 2024.
3- Ford F-150 Lightning
F-series is America’s best-selling truck for 44 years for a reason. And now, it’s charging into the future with the all-new, all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. Announced in May 2021, the new F-150 Lightning is expected to start at just $40,000.
If you want a decently-equipped version, or perhaps one with the extended-range battery, expect to pay well above $50,000. The range is expected to start at 230 miles for the low-end base version, all the way to 300 miles for the extended range version. The Lightning can go from zero to sixty mph in an astonishing time of 4.4 seconds, making it Ford’s quickest pick-up yet. It’s going to have 563 horsepower and will be released in spring 2022.
4- 2022 Chevrolet Silverado EV
In 2019, Chevrolet confirmed plans to consider electric pickup trucks at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, now called Factory zero, starting in late 2021. Although the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects have pushed back their timeline; they’re still planning to carry on with their plans.
In April 2021, Chevrolet officially confirmed its plans to make an all-electric Silverado pickup with over 400 miles of range. Because of that assertion, it can be safely assumed that the new Silverado will use GM’s new Ultimum platform and battery technology, just like the new GMC Hummer EV SUT electric pickup truck Hummer EV SUV which both use Ultimum as well.
The release date for this vehicle will be around late 2022 to early 2023 if all goes according to Chevrolet’s expectations.
5- 2022 Rivian R1T
Finally, possibly the strongest competitor to Tesla in the EV market right now, Rivian, is now offering an amazingly strong competitor to its electric pickup offering as well. That competitor is the 2022 Rivian R1T, which is a futuristic all-electric pickup truck that promises 300 miles of driving range and unmatched acceleration. The R1T has Tesla beat in one very important aspect- availability. It is the first electric pickup to make to production in this burgeoning market full of potential. It’s going to be an all-wheel-drive vehicle with each wheel having its own engine.
The R1T boasts up to 800 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time of 3.0 seconds. It can tow more than 11,000 pounds of load and offers a payload capacity of 1760 pounds. If you are planning on using these capabilities though it may be a good idea to buy the larger battery capacity, as using this much power is sure to deplete your batteries eventually. The feature that really sets it apart from the Tesla, however, has to be its carefully, brilliantly designed interior.
The R1T’s cabin is decked out in leather, wood, and large displays for both the gauge cluster and the infotainment system. Overall, Rivian says the truck has 12 cubic feet of lockable storage. Its price is $74,145 at launch a less expensive Explore edition is $6,000 dollars less. It is one of the electric pickup trucks that move with amazing flexibility.
Yet, they all have the potential to compete
In the end, no matter which electric pickup trucks you’re on or which truck you choose to purchase, it’s important to remember that buying any of these trucks will be a great purchase for you and your family. Even disregarding the enormous environmental good that will happen if people stop using fossil-fuel cars, electric cars are still the way to go in the future.
They are faster, quieter, have more room, and are technologically superior. Hopefully, these offerings are going to fulfill the huge demand for trucks in the market. Also elevating people’s in-car experience and their quality of life.