Will There Be Electric Truck Subclasses in the Future?

Electric trucks are still very new to the automotive industry. As new electric trucks are unveiled from different automakers, their distinct strengths and characteristics have created subclasses for the electric truck vehicle class. No two electric trucks are exactly the same. Here are the different types of electric trucks coming to dealerships near you.

The 2022 Rivian R1T is the modern adventure truck

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Rivian vehicles aren’t quite like anything on the market. The Amazon-backed start-up has intentionally created a lineup of vehicles that are easily distinguished from other automobiles in terms of both design and capability. The R1T has all the makings of a luxury truck, but its off-road capabilities are just too good to overlook.

Electric vehicles have been found to perform better off-road than gas-powered vehicles because of their unique powertrains. The R1T has even overcome Hell’s Gate in Moab, so this truck is no phony off-roader.

Rivian offers an Adventure Gear package that includes a slide-out kitchen, a rooftop tent, and plenty of other camping accessories. The R1T may currently be categorized in the same vehicle class as the Ford F-150 Lightning and Tesla Cybertruck, but it should be in a class of its own. The R1T is the beginning of an electric adventure truck subclass.

The Ford F-150 Lightning is an electric work truck/daily driver

Front view of red 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.
Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

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How do you make an EV accessible? Simple. You electrify America’s favorite full-size truck nameplate. The Ford F-150 Lightning is a fully-electric F-150 with enhanced capabilities.

Ford’s Pro Power Onboard feature turns the F-150 Lightning’s truck bed into a workstation. Trims that offer this package include a 9.6-kilowatt system and a total of 11 electric outlets. The outlets can be conveniently used to power tools and appliances.

The F-150 Lightning has an enormous frunk for storage. It also has a huge infotainment system, effectively bringing the F-150 nameplate into the future with its many technological innovations. The Ford F-150 Lightning will start at $41,669, according to MotorTrend. EV federal tax credits could bring its price closer to $34,169 or even less.

The Tesla Cybertruck is the modern electric luxury truck

The Tesla Cybertruck is on display.
The Tesla Cybertruck | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

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Like the Model X, the Tesla Cybertruck will likely target more affluent consumers. Think of the Tesla Cybertruck like a top trim-level Ram 1500. The Cybertruck will share many innovative, exclusive features with other Tesla models, and for that reason, it’s tough to place the Cybertruck in the same subclass as trucks like the Ford F-150 Lightning.

Tesla models are still novel to the automotive industry, and the automaker is still in its infancy compared to brands like Ford. Up until very recently, Tesla’s prices made the vehicles too expensive for the average American consumer. Celebrities have taken a liking to the Cybertruck because of its unique design. The Cybertruck could be the electric luxury truck of the future.

Electric trucks are here to stay

A blue 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is driving down a city street.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Ford

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Joe Biden plans for 50% of new vehicles produced in 2030 in America to be electric vehicles. Major American automakers believe they can make 40% of new vehicles EVs by 2030. This means that electric trucks aren’t just a passing fad. Eventually, most automakers will roll out an electric truck for consumers. This means new niche subclasses will emerge within the electric truck vehicle class. It’s an exciting time to be in the market for an electric truck.

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