Electric pickup trucks are slowly emerging from popular automakers. Rivian and Ford were the first brands to mass-produce electric pickup trucks for consumers. Chevrolet and Ram will follow in the footsteps of these brands and produce electric pickups of their own.
The Chevy Silverado EV has great potential
The Chevy Silverado 1500 is far from class-leading, but it remains one of the best-selling pickup trucks in its vehicle segment. The latest Silverado model year is praised for its handling, many powerful powertrain options, and cabin improvements. The Silverado EV can build off of the full-size pickup truck’s progress and climb further up rankings.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra claims that the Silverado EV has the potential to be the best electric pickup truck. While it’s too early to tell where it will stand, the Silverado EV RST trim boasts impressive specs.
The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST starts at $105,000. It has an incredible 400-mile driving range. The electric Chevy Silverado will make over 660 horsepower and over 780 lb-ft of torque. It can go from 0-60 miles per hour in under 4.5 seconds. This thing is a beast.
The average consumer isn’t going to go anywhere near the RST’s six-figure price tag, but it’s nice to see Chevy push the envelope with its electric truck. It proves that quickness and power aren’t strictly reserved for thirsty trucks and their large V8 engines.
The 2024 Ram 1500 EV’s presence is felt
The Ram 1500 is the king of full-size pickup trucks. It may not sell as well as the popular Ford F-150, but its quality is undisputed. From its smooth ride to its plush interior, the Ram 1500 is a force to be reckoned with. That could explain why Ram doesn’t seem to be in a rush to roll out the 2024 Ram 1500 EV.
Ram has established a strong reputation and identity for its half-ton pickup truck. The electrified version’s presence is felt, even though the brand has merely teased it this far. Expectations are high because of what Ram already brings to the table. If the Ram 1500 EV doesn’t turn out to be a competitor for the best electric truck spot, it will be a huge disappointment.
Ram has kept most of the major details about the 1500 EV under wraps. Sometimes a little mystery is enough to keep consumers curious. Is Ram secretly planning to crush the competition? Car and Driver believes that the electric Ram truck will start at around $45,000.
The future of full-size pickup trucks is electric
Full-size pickup trucks like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 are responsible for a large percentage of new vehicle sales. The future of full-size pickup trucks is trucks with electric powertrains. Why? EVs can be just as powerful and will only get more practical as time goes by.
Nameplates like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T are paving the way for a new vehicle segment. The age of the electric truck is upon us, and soon millions of Americans could be behind the wheels of electric pickups.