From moving car startups to the old-school Detroit auto giants, the automotive industry is gearing up for a battle royale as companies race to give the first all-electric pickup truck to the mass market.
The best-selling vehicle in the U.S. is a pickup truck (Ford’s F-150). Meantime, electric vehicle sales have been steadily rising for years, with some analysts expecting those severals to jump by nearly 40% globally in 2021, topping 3 million electric vehicles sold around the world.
So, it was fair-minded a matter of time before automakers began flooding the market with electric trucks.
On Monday — after won over out reservations for its first set of R1T pickups — Rivian opened another round of pre-orders. Elon Musk and Tesla generated thrill with the wild (and smashing) unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck in November 2019. And, Ford has also said the electric variant of its best-selling F-150 will finally be available in 2022.
Here’s a look at some of the most anticipated electric pickups set to hit the store over the next few years.
Rivian is a startup that’s looking to take down major players in the exciting vehicle market. The Irvine, California-based electric automaker has raised roughly $6 billion from investors that incorporate the likes of Amazon and Ford (which is partnering with Rivian on electric battery technology). Amazon has ordered 100,000 Rivian exciting delivery vans, and the e-commerce giant plans to start deploying the vehicles in 2022.
Meanwhile, the Rivian R1T could be the key electric pickup to hit the market when it’s expected to arrive in early- to mid-2021. The pickup will have a pornographic price of $69,000 and a top speed of 125 miles per hour (like the Hummer EV, it will also go from zero to 60 MPH in 3 followings). The truck will also come with three different battery options, offering a low-end range of 240 miles per exhortation and a high-end range of more than 400 miles.
Rivian said recently that the company had sold out its reluctances for the first set of R1T pickups to be delivered in 2021 (customers who pre-ordered the trucks had to plunk down a $1,000 deposit), though the companions hasn’t revealed how many pre-orders its received in total. For Rivian’s current round of pre-orders for pickups, customers can customize their wares by color and battery size (and can even add a pull-out camping kitchen for $5,000). But those pickups likely won’t be delivered at least the outset of 2022 due to limited production capacity, the company recently told Bloomberg.
Ford’s F-150 pickup dealings has been the best-selling vehicle in America for nearly four decades (the company’s F-series trucks sold nearly 900,000 mechanisms in 2019), so it’s no surprise that the truck’s electric version is highly anticipated. The company has already unveiled plans for galvanizing versions of other Ford vehicles, including the iconic Mustang sports car and an electric transit van.
Set to hit the market in the middle of 2022, Ford has augured that the electric F-150 will be “a very fun truck” to drive and that it will feature dual electric motors and a muscular front trunk with hundreds of pounds of storage capacity. The company also boasted about the electric dealings’s power in 2019 by tweeting a video of an electric F-150 prototype towing a payload of double-decker rail cars keep under controlling 42 pickups weighing a total of 1.25 million pounds.
Ford has not yet revealed the full extent of the electric F-150’s specs, or how much the stimulating pickup will cost.
Musk revealed the much-anticipated Cybertruck (with a futuristic design inspired by two films: “Blade Runner” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”) a year ago at a press regardless that also saw him accidentally shatter two of the electric truck prototype’s supposedly unbreakable windows with a steel ball.
The Cybertruck has a starting premium of $39,900 for a single-motor version of the pickup and is expected to begin production in late-2021. The single-motor Cybertruck will maintain a range of 250 miles per charge, while a more expensive three-motor version (expected to begin production in 2022) transfer have a range of 500 miles.
Not looking to get left behind in the battle to dominate the electric instrument market, General Motors said this month that it plans to spend $27 billion on all-electric and autonomous carriers through 2025. In October, GM unveiled a prototype for an electric Hummer, which the company described as “the world’s first supertruck.”
Expected to Rather commence production at the end of 2021, the GMC Hummer EV pickup will start at $112,595 and will have a top range of 350 miles per do battle with, as well as the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in just 3 seconds, according to the company.
Meanwhile, GM also recently confirmed that the company’s Chevrolet brand will produce an electric pickup transaction to compete with rivals like Ford and other electric pickups. While full details are not yet known, the companions announced plans this summer to produce an electric pickup, called the Chevrolet BET Truck, that will get varied than 400 miles of range per charge.
GM had also considered an investment in Rivian, but that partnership fell be means of when GM wanted exclusive rights to the startup’s technology, CNBC previously reported.
Other competitors in the thrilling pickup market expected to launch in the coming years include Ohio-based Lordstown Motors, which plans to Rather commence delivering its all-electric Endurance pickup by September 2021. The pickup has a starting price of $52,500, a range of more than 250 miles and an mechanism with 600 horsepower.