Guide to New and Upcoming Electric Pickup Trucks
It’s an exciting time for pickup trucks and electric vehicles. Pickup trucks are the highest-selling vehicle segment in the United States. EVs are increasing in popularity, while many automakers are making a push to go all-electric. These two forces combine with an onslaught of electric pickup trucks. To help you make sense of it all, we created this guide for new and upcoming electric pickup trucks, with information on release dates, prices, and specs.
What electric pickup trucks are available or coming soon?
You may have already heard about electric trucks from well-known automakers, such as the Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer EV Pickup, and Chevy Silverado EV. However, there are some intriguing start-up automakers in the mix, such as Rivian and Atlis.
The rise of Rivian from a scrappy start-up to an EV darling is astounding. The Rivian R1T is a masterpiece of design and engineering — and the reviews of the R1T are very positive. While most electric vehicles are marketed to eco-minded buyers, Rivian appears to be genuine with its environmental focus. The R1T is geared toward outdoor enthusiasts. Also, Rivian started the Forever Fund, in which 1% of its equity is donated to environmental initiatives. Also, remarkably, Rivian beat the larger automakers to the punch with the first to deliver an electric truck to customers.
The specs of the Rivian R1T are impressive. It features four electric motors — one for each wheel — with a total output of 800 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque. The R1T can go from 0-60 mph in only three seconds. It drives like a large sports car for on-road driving but shines even more when heading off the beaten path. With its high torque, quad-motor system, and adaptive air suspension, the R1T can handle challenging terrain and steep grades with ease.
The towing and payload capacities of the R1T are 11,000 pounds and 1,760 pounds, respectively. For the range, the R1T can drive to around 300 miles with the standard battery pack and 400 miles with the available larger battery pack. Also, the Rivian R1T has many cool utility features, such as a frunk, a gear tunnel, an onboard air compressor, and a built-in flashlight.
- Release date: Fall 2021
- Base price: $68,145
- Notable specs: 800 hp/900 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph time of three seconds, 11,000-pound towing capacity, 1,760-pound payload capacity, and up to a 400-mile range
GMC Hummer EV Pickup
Back in its heyday, the massive Hummer was the poster child of the gas-guzzling, environment-destroying automotive industry. With this in mind, it’s ironic that the Hummer is reborn as an electric vehicle. GMC has big plans for the electrification of its model lineup and believes that electric vehicles will double its revenue. It views the GMC Hummer EV Pickup and SUV as significant catalysts for making this happen.
Like the Rivian R1T, the GMC Hummer EV Pickup is geared for off-road excursions. It has beefy 35-inch all-terrain tires, an adaptive air suspension, and a Crabwalk feature, which enables the truck to move sideways. The tri-motor in the Hummer EV Pickup doles out 1,000 hp. Torque numbers are not available yet, but the estimate is around 1,000 – 1,100 lb-ft. The 0-60 mph time of the Hummer EV Pickup is 3.0 seconds, and it offers 350 miles of range. GMC has yet to release the towing and payload capacities of the Hummer EV Pickup.
- Release date: Late 2021
- Base price: $79,995
- Notable specs: 1,000 hp/1,000 – 1,100 lb-ft of torque (estimated), 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds, and a 350-mile range
With a rugged design that harkens back to vintage Land Rovers, the Bollinger B2 is meant for off-road adventures. Its dual electric motors produce 614 hp and 668 lb-ft of torque, enabling the truck to go from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Off-road capabilities are aided by the 15-inch ground clearance, front and rear locking differentials, and a two-speed high/low-range gearbox. The B2 has a 7,500-pound towing capacity and a 5,000-pound payload capacity. It offers a range of 200 miles.
- Release date: Late 2021/early 2022
- Base price: $125,000 (estimated)
- Notable specs: 614 hp/668 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, 7,500-pound towing capacity, 5,000-pound payload capacity, and a 200-mile range.
Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck in the U.S., so the F-150 Lightning looks to be a huge success. The F-150 Lightning is the third electric vehicle from Ford, following the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit Van. Replacing the F-150’s combustion engine are two electric motors, which generate an output of up to 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque.
The F-150 Lightning has a range of 230 miles with the standard battery, while the optional larger battery will enable it to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge. While the F-150 Lightning can’t tow as much as the gas-powered F-150, its 10,000-pound towing capacity is respectable. The electric truck is only offered in a crew cab/short (5.5-foot) bed with a payload capacity of 2,000 pounds. Notable features of the F-150 include a storage frunk upfront, as well as the ability to power a house.
- Release date: Spring 2022
- Base price: $41,669
- Notable specs: Up to 563 hp/775 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds, 10,000-pound towing capacity, 2,000 payload capacity, and up to a 300-mile range
The most controversial electric truck is the Tesla Cybertruck. With a design inspired by the F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack plane and the Navy’s Zumwalt class stealth destroyers, the Cybertruck looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic future. People either love it or hate it.
The Cybertruck will offer three different powertrains: a single rear motor (250-mile range), dual motor (300-mile range), and tri-motor (500-mile range). Tesla hasn’t yet released the motor output numbers for the Cybertruck, but it’s expected to generate up to 1,020 and 1,050 lb-ft of torque.
The automaker claims that the Cybertruck will achieve a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds for the single motor, 4.5 seconds for the dual motor, and 2.9 seconds for the tri-motor. The towing capacities of the Cybertruck are 7,500 pounds for the single motor, 10,000 pounds for the dual motor, and 14,000 pounds for the tri-motor. All Cybertruck models will have a payload capacity of 3,500 pounds.
- Release date: Late 2022/early 2023
- Base price: $39,900
- Notable specs: Up to 1,020 hp/1,050 lb-ft of torque (estimated), 0-60 mph time as low as 2.9 seconds, up to a 14,000 towing capacity, 3,500-pound payload capacity, and up to a 500-mile range
Founded in 2017, Canoo is another start-up electric vehicle automaker to enter the mix. The Canoo Pickup is a throwback to the past, with a design that shares similarities with the Volkswagen Bus and Jeep FC. It features a standard rear-mounted motor, which produces 300 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, while the all-wheel drive version with an additional front motor generates 600 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. The Canoo Pickup has a range of up to 200 miles and a payload capacity of 1,800. Towing capacity figures are not yet available.
- Release date: Spring 2023
- Base price: $35,000 (estimated)
- Notable specs: Up to 600 hp/500 lb-ft of torque, 1,800-pound payload capacity, and up to a 200-mile range
Chevy Silverado EV
The Chevy Silverado EV won’t make its debut until January 2022. Details about the Silverado EV are sparse, so we likely won’t know much more until the debut. There’s a teaser video of the Silverado EV, with a brief glimpse of a fixed glass roof. Chevrolet will offer both retail and fleet versions of the Silverado EV. The automaker stated that the electric pickup truck will have around 400 miles of range:
- Release date: Late 2023/early 2024
- Base price: TBD
- Notable specs: 400-mile range
Ram 1500 EV
Relative to the other big automakers, Ram will be late to the party with a projected 2024 release for the Ram 1500 EV. As you can in the teaser image above, the Ram 1500 EV has a vastly different design than the standard Ram 1500. While not as extreme as the Cybertruck, the Ram 1500 has a much more futuristic look than the F-150 Lightning.
Ram hasn’t offered many details about the Ram 1500 EV, but the automaker did state that the electric truck will have a range of up to 500 miles. Its 159 to 200 kWh battery packs are among the biggest available for electric vehicles.
- Release date: 2024
- Base price: TBD
- Notable specs: Up to a 500-mile range
Start-up automaker Atlis aims to enter the electric pickup truck game with the Atlis XT. It’s more of a work truck, like an electric version of a heavy-duty truck like the Ford Super Duty. The XT is still in its development phase. Atlis showed only a raw prototype of the XT. However, the specs of the XT are astounding if they hold true.
Atlis claims that the XT will have a 35,000-pound towing capacity, a 5,000-pound payload capacity, and a 500-mile range. The start-up automaker also stated that the truck can reach a full charge in only 15 minutes. Like some other electric trucks, the XT will have a frunk. Additionally, Atlis will offer a unique subscription program for the XT, with the option to get a new truck every three, five, or seven years.
- Release date: TBD
- Base price: TBD
- Notable specs: 35,000-pound towing capacity, 5,000-pound payload capacity, and a 500-mile range
If you love pickup trucks and are drawn to the eco-friendly aspects of electric vehicles, then you have many reasons to be excited. However, as detailed by MotorTrend, much of the information about the upcoming electric pickup trucks is unknown.
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this guide to new and upcoming electric pickup trucks. Stay tuned and get ready for a brave new future of pickup truck electrification.