The electric truck war is just beginning. Electric motors make a lot of sense for a truck for a variety of reasons, such as instantaneous power and torque, and the inherent weight of a truck means that nobody cares if your clean vehicle also weighs several tons. Despite promises from companies like Tesla and Nikola that their trucks would be here soon, we haven’t seen them on the road yet.
Regardless, there are some trucks you can buy now, some coming soon, and some still in the prototype stage, and could be forever.
These three are the electric vans available now
These three electric vans that you can buy today. Although they are rare, due to limited supply and demand. However, you will likely start seeing these trucks on the road soon, if you haven’t already.
The F-150 Lightning sets the standard
The Ford F-150 Lighting certainly made a splash when Ford started delivering them in 2022. The Lightning works well as a truck, it’s fast, it’s comfortable, and most importantly, it looks like a truck. While the base price has increased significantly, from about $40,000 to about $52,000 for 2023, it looks like Ford has a hit on its hands.
The standard truck has two engines and 426 horsepower with a range of 230 miles. With an extended range battery, you get more power and up to 320 miles per charge.
Rivian R1T is the first from an independent manufacturer
The Rivian R1T is the first truck to hit the market from a smaller manufacturer. In this case, it’s a $67,500 midsize pickup that makes 835 horsepower and has a range of 280 to 300+ miles depending on battery size. The R1T has monster utility ratings compared to other midsize trucks; it can tow up to 1,100 pounds, while any other midsize truck can tow around 7,000 pounds.
GM resurrected Hummer with its first EV truck
The Hummer EV was the first super truck, launching with 1,000 horsepower for $107,000 in early 2022. Sure, Hummer has been slow to deliver many of these big, mean, muscle-bound trucks. But if you can find one, its 3.3-second burst from 0-60 mph will rearrange your organs, while its off-road capability will amaze you. While this 9,000-pound truck has a range of 329 miles, that’s only if you can avoid putting the hammer down.
Electric vans that should be available soon
We’ve been waiting a while for the new Cybertruck and salivating over the new Lordstown resistance. Will we see these trucks soon?
When will the Cybertruck come out?
They will do it? It is not like this? We’ve been waiting for the wizards at Tesla to launch the Cybertruck since 2019. But the latest news from Reuters is that the truck will go into mass production for a late 2023 launch at its Austin, Texas plant. The company promised that the Cybertruck will have up to 800 horsepower and a range of 500 miles.
GMC Sierra EV: available in 2024
At first, the new 2024 Sierra EV could only be ordered in a $107,000 luxury Denali trim. But if you want a luxury electric truck, it can beat many of the others on this list with a long list of standard features and a new interior design that looks like something out of a Polestar 3. But this is a truck that can do truck things. , and should make 754 horsepower with a 400-mile range, just like its competing Chevy Silverado EV sibling.
Silverado EV: Available in 2023
The Silverado EV should start at around $40,000 for a work truck version, making it one of the least expensive new EV trucks you can buy. But add a few options, and you can get a Silverado EV just as luxurious as the new Sierra EV. Like the Sierra EV, it uses GM’s Ultium skateboard platform and that means four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer. The WT version will debut with 510 horsepower and a 400-mile range.
Ram EV: Debuts in January 2023
Ram continues to tease images of his EV truck. We thought we’d see it during the 2022 SEMA show in November, but the truck’s debut has been pushed back to early 2023. Although we haven’t seen the specs on the new truck, the Ram CEO promises it will tow, haul, and do regular stuff. of trucks with aplomb.
Canoo looks weird, but he’s coming
The Canoo pickup certainly doesn’t look like any other on the road, with a rounded bubble cab and long bed. The California-based startup is on its way to production and recently signed a deal with Walmart to provide 10,000 electric lifestyle delivery vehicles, which is the pickup version of its upcoming truck. However, according to recent SEC documents, the company says it is ready to start production on November 17 of its new vehicles.
Foxconn invested in Lordstown
Lordstown is in a unique position in that its production capacity was tenuous. But, iPhone maker Foxconn made a big investment in Lordstown, and that injection of capital and industry know-how could turn the tide for this Ohio-based maker. The company has been through several ups and downs, however, it now says it is in production and plans to deliver 50 trucks to owners by the end of 2022.
The Lordstown Endurance truck uses hub-mounted motors instead of a platform like GM or Ford, giving it a unique position in the market.
The list of prototypes grows
Some upcoming trucks, like the Canoo and Ram, could fall into this category. Some of these may be further along than their companies are letting on. But, it seems that some EV trucks have been rumored, planned or developed for a long time.
Toyota needs an EV pickup, but hasn’t shared details
Toyota’s Tacoma pickup and 4Runner SUV are getting old. They’re still good trucks, but it looks like Toyota is aiming to build an EV version of a truck soon. The company hasn’t said much, and it may not even be a Tacoma, but something that falls between its midsize Tacoma and full-size Tundra pickups. Toyota has shown off a number of electric concepts and an EV from Toyota would be highly anticipated.
The Alpha Wolf is the sport truck of the group.
Looking all over the world like a two-door SUV from the 1980s, the Alpha Wolf seems to be going after the play, not work, side of the truck world. Irvine, Ca.-based company Alpha has plans for coupes, sedans, SUVs and trucks. But what interests us most is the van. It will come as a two or four door. Alpha is taking reservations now for the truck which could cost as much as $56,000 when it debuts next year.
Nikola is also based in Arizona, but sells trucks in Europe.
Nikola was once believed to be close to producing its hydrogen semi-trucks and electric pickup trucks, but last month its founder was found guilty of fraud by a New York court. Regardless, Nikola, which was the first name for Nikola Tesla, has delivered big trucks for Europe and development of its consumer-grade Badger truck appears to be continuing.
Atlis Motor Vehicles plans to start production of its XT truck in late 2022. Mesa Arizona-based Atlis builds its own batteries and platforms. Its shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ. The company has also been linked to Nissan as a possible EV partner. Atlis is making some bold projections for its truck, including a 500-mile range, 35,000-pound towing capacity, and a quick-charge system that can fill it up in 15 minutes, all with a price target of $45,000 to $85,000.
Could Nissan join the fray too?
Electric startup Hercules and Nissan are working on a deal to build a new electric truck, according to Green Car Reports. One look at the Hercules Alpha on the company’s website, and it’s simply a Nissan Titan with a different grille and bed. Hercules has said that it is partnering with Italy’s Pininfarina for a new truck. Nissan, however, has experience with EVs, and its Leaf has been a popular entry-level EV for several years.