I’m not a pickup truck person. But a whole lot of North Americans are. The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in the US and Canada since 1977, and they’ve been selling about 900,000 per year in the past 3 years. The potential for some serious carbon emission and cost-per-mile reductions are huge, especially in fleet use. Look at it this way. The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance EV is likely to save Westport Connecticut’s police department enough money to buy another in just 4 years with the savings over a Ford Explorer. Imagine what fleet of commercial electric pickup trucks at $40K a piece could do!
Below you’ll find quite a collection of articles and videos I’ve recently come across that I’ve been discussing with some EV owners, and even some ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) pickup truck owners from Texas. Figured there was value in putting my readings and viewings into one article, especially since I haven’t seen anything like this elsewhere.
Enjoy learning about EVs and EV pickups, it’s OK to be excited. Today’s EVs are NOTHING like the Prius featuring 1997 tech. The age of compromises by going electric are behind us. Today’s EVs are better vehicles in every way including price, especially when you account for the total cost of ownership. You don’t have to be a tree-hugger of any sort to want one.
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Read all about this first-to-market EV pickup truck, this outdoors lifestyle Rivian R1T pickup truck, complete with exclusive photos, was recently featured here at TinkerTry, I saw the future: all-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck at all-electric Hotel Marcel in New Haven Connecticut.
- 2021 Rivian R1T
by Drew Dorian and Roberto Baldwin at Car & Driver
The futuristic R1T is an all-electric pickup truck from new American startup brand Rivian, and it promises between 250 and 400 miles of driving range and lightning-quick acceleration. The company says that the revealed truck is no concept vehicle—what you see here is what will enter production as the 2021 R1T.
See also at TinkerTry, I got to see the Tesla Cybertruck in New York City with my own eyes and it still seems unreal.
Here’s my conversation with some truck enthusiasts that I know who are all from Texas, now that’s a challenge! One loves Cybertruck, some kind of love Ford. I’m confident they’ll all quite enjoy whatever EV they eventually choose, especially if Lubbock TX finally gets some Electrify America and/or Tesla DC fast charging.
- 2022 Tesla Cybertruck
by Eric Stafford at Car & Driver
The Tesla Cybertruck looks like it was dropped off by an alien race, but it has the capabilities to challenge all of the top-selling pickup trucks. With a sharp-edged exterior that is made of scratch- and dent-resistant stainless steel, Tesla’s all-electric truck is seriously tough.
Complete gallery view of all Ford PR photos below. Kind of funny, one shows a tailpipe. Have a little fun and leave a comment, identifying the offending photo’s filename!
Here’s Tesla Cybertruck/Rivian R1T/Ford Lightning comparisons, seriously, check each of them out carefully, there’s a lot to unpack:
I’m just so happy that the dawn of EV pickups is finally (almost) here! The faster we transfer to sustainable sources of energy, the better for all of us. Competition in a nascent industry is good, and I welcome it.
I’d say the Ford F-150 Lightning is looking very promising, with that V2G (Vehicle to Grid) feature really being something to brag about, intended for occasional use. This is especially true now, given what Texas just went through.
I do feel the range is just a little low at each price point, despite the overstated effects of the 1,000 lb load, especially when compared to the Cybertruck at similar price points. I also worry a bit about the 150 kW max charge rate vs Tesla’s 250 kW, and the expected 41 minute DC fast charge time to get from 15% to 80%.. There’s also the heavy reliance on Electrify America’s charging network, which has had a rough start working with the Mach-E. Finally, given how few Mustang Mach-E EVs Ford has been able to deliver, I wonder how long the ramp up will be before we see meaningful numbers of Lightnings out there, especially if battery constraints inhibit sales. It’s not demand I’m worried about, it’s the ability to deliver.
Given my wife and I gave up our last gas cars ever, 2005 and 2006 Honda Civics in favor of Model 3s, I’m admittedly biased here, but I can also say that after 48K miles of combined road experience, we have no regrets financially or emotionally. In my opinion, Tesla’s Cybertruck will showcase the upcoming 4680 cell with faster DC charging. Based on public information about the new charge curves for the 4680 cell, I’m estimating that it will be well under half an hour for a typical 10% to 80% charge when road-tripping. Other Tesla-only innovations include the huge die-cast stamping of the entire front and rear chassis, along with the surprisingly good aerodynamics of this relatively cheap-and-easy to make-and-maintain paint-free angular design. Seating for 6 adults in all trim levels vs Ford’s 5 in the higher trim levels. Considerably higher towing and payload capacity and nearly twice the cubic feet of space in the bed. All uniquely Tesla it would seem at least as it currently seems on paper.
Tesla is the market leader for powertrain and charging network technology, and they’ve gained a lot of experience working out EV powertrain kinks since the introduction of the Model S way back in 2012. They’ve delivered nearly 2 million EVs to date, and their real-world experience lowers the risk vs. all newcomers to the EV market. Again I’ll mention the importance of having a solid fast-charging network in place, especially for road-trippers. Let’s hope that the build-out of Electrify America (with VW’s dollars) accelerates as quickly as these EV pickups. Hopefully an easy-as-Tesla-Supercharging experience becomes just as prevalent across all EVs makes soon too.
I realize the Cybertruck’s attention-getting looks aren’t for everybody, but that shock factor for anything new is just human nature. Seeing Cybertrucks around will quickly become normal, as will seeing a variety of other EV pickups. It’s about time!
Why no mention of the Hummer EV, Lordstown Motors Endurance or Bollinger B1 or B2? I remind you of the title here, mass market EV pickups. My thinking was those EV pickups that have a good range and at least a moderate likelihood of selling in significant numbers in the coming years.
Also, despite handsome appearances, things apparently might not be looking so good for Lordstown Motors.
See also more about the structural battery pack that’s also planned for the Cybertruck
Environmental considerations, similar series of takes on an open source video.
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This article captures the fun of driving up and down Mount Washington in my EV, with my short, fun 4K video below. Now imagine how effortless, quiet, and smell-free it will be to climb up steep grades in your EV pickup, even when towing!
Ford F-150 Lightning, from the media kit.