The booming electric truck market: 2022 and beyond – Green Fleet
The electric truck is perhaps the automotive world’s most exciting offering in the 2020s. They couldn’t differ more from each other, from the clean-lined, stark-faced Canoo Moon-y pickup truck to the Tesla Cybertruck. . Whether you want to go off-road or just fly around town in a futuristic power plant, look no further.
Range: 250-275+ miles Torque/Payload/Towing: NA / NA / 3,000 lbs. Availability: Late 2023 / Early 2024
California-based startup Alpha Motors Corporation has already unveiled its Ace Coupe and Jax CUV electric vehicles, and the Wolf is next. It’s the truck for the outdoors, with two bucket seats, a short bed and a towing capacity of 3,000 lbs. The Wolf should reach 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds with a battery between 75 and 85 kWh and be equipped with a single-motor RWD or a dual-motor RWD. It should be about 4 inches longer than the Canoo and help shore up the most affordable segment of the electric truck market. Production begins in the fourth quarter of 2023 with first deliveries thereafter.
Range: 300+ miles Torque/Payload/Towing: 12,000 lb-ft. / 5,000 pounds. / 35,000 pounds. Availability: NA
The Atlis XT was announced in 2019, and nearly two years later more details emerged: 35,000 lbs. Towing capacity. Twelve inches of ground clearance. A gooseneck fifth wheel hitch for the big jobs. The XT is designed to compete in the heavy-duty market and should do 300, 400 and 500 miles depending on the package under the hood. To help keep costs down, Atlis plans to offer a minimum monthly subscription of $700 which covers insurance, maintenance and recharging, although it may take some time before subscriptions sell out – Atlis R&D continues in Mesa, Arizona with no release schedule.
Range: 200+ miles Torque/Payload/Towing: 688 lb-ft. / 5,000 pounds. / 7,500 lbs. Availability: 2022
The Bollinger B2 is the Bollinger Company’s pickup version of its flagship vehicle, the B1 SUV. Based in Michigan, the B2 has 120 and 180 kWh batteries with an estimated minimum range of 200 miles. The twin-motor B2 develops 614 hp, 688 lb-ft. of torque, and should be able to carry 7,500 lbs. with 5,000 pounds. of payload in its cargo area. The B2 can carry 16-foot-long cargo completely in its bed thanks to its patented pass-through system to the cabin. It has regenerative braking, DC fast charging and a recharge time of around 10 hours on a 220V charger. The B2 is expected to be available in 2022 after launch delays. Bollinger also plans to build Class 3, 4 and 5 work trucks.
Canoo electric van
Range: 200 miles Torque/Payload/Towing: 550 lb-ft. / 1,800 lbs. / 7,700 lbs. Availability: 2023
One of the most intriguing and exciting electric trucks on the horizon is the Canoo. The startup is betting on versatility over power to boost sales of its flagship electric truck, as the pickup is expected to be a little smaller than most of its electric brethren, measuring around 15 feet long, 6.5 feet wide and 6.29 feet tall with a 112.2-inch wheelbase (for comparison, the 2021 Ford Ranger is almost 3 feet longer). Canoo plans to offer oversized cargo capacity on a small footprint of around 600 hp with 1,800 lb payload capacity, 54.5 cubic feet of truck bed and over 200 miles of range per charge, although the company plans to offer three battery options. The pickup will feature a frunk with worktable and electrical outlets while both sides will feature double-height fold-down tables. Canoo recently decided to produce the truck in Oklahoma rather than overseas, reducing tariff costs and supply chain issues. Pre-orders start in 2022 with deliveries in 2023.
Chevrolet Silverado EV
RaRange: ~400+ miles Torque/Payload/Towing: NA / NA / NA Availability: 2023+
In August 2021, Chevrolet announced an electric Silverado in the works. It will sport 24-inch tires and four-wheel steering, and like the Ford Lightning will offer commercial and retail versions. GM is hoping for at least 400 miles of range on the rugged Ultium EV platform, and the vehicle is expected to debut at CES 2022 with production beginning in early 2023. For more recent coverage since this article first appeared, please see Lexi Tucker’s article here.
Dodge Ram Electric Pickup
Range: ~475+ miles Torque/Payload/Towing: NA / NA / ~10,000 lbs. Availability: 2024
Stellantis has announced that an electric Dodge Ram 1500 will arrive in 2024, and that’s about all we know about the venerable nameplate. Ram is hoping for a full-size pickup and a mid-size pickup, but there’s not much more to it than pretty pictures and exciting rhetoric just yet. But stay tuned – Stellantis is fully committed to an electric future, and the electric Ram will be one of its figureheads. Stellantis uses four battery electric vehicle (BEV) platforms with ranges of 300 to 500 miles, and the Ram is said to be on the largest, hoping to exceed 500 miles per charge and tow more than 10,000 pounds. Time will tell us.
Range: NA Torque/Payload/Towing: NA / NA / NA Availability: NA
Like the Emerald City of Oz – more rumor than fact – the Fisker Alaska appeared in a tweet from CEO Henrik Fisker in early 2021 and then disappeared, although Fisker maintained the company was indeed working on a platform. -modular electrical form. The startup is currently focused on the Ocean SUV which is expected to be released in 2022.
Ford F-150 Lightning
Range: 230+ miles Torque/Payload/Towing: 775 lb-ft. / 2,000 pounds. / 10,000 pounds. Availability: Spring 2022
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is one of the first and most recognizable electric trucks to hit the market, and it helps that it carries a historic name. The Lightning will feature two powertrains, standard and extended, with estimated mileage of 230 and 300 miles, up to 563 hp, 2,000 lbs. of payload, and up to 10,000 lbs. towing capacity. Whether Americans are ready for an electric pickup remains to be seen, but early reports are promising (especially around the excitement of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and other electric offerings). The Lightning will feature ProPower on board to alleviate electrical issues on jobsites and large spaces, frunk storage space and near instant torque to hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds.
GMC Hummer EV pickup
Range: ~325+ miles Torque/Payload/Towing: ~11,500 lb-ft. / 1,300 lbs. / 7,500 lbs. Availability: 2022
From the ashes of the latest generation Hummer comes the GMC Hummer EV. GMC hopes its entry will deliver over 350 miles of range, 1,000 hp and an ambitious 0-60 mph in 3 seconds atop GM’s Ultium platform. The unique CrabWalk feature allows independent four-wheel steering for traversing diagonal paths at low speeds, and the 18-camera UltraVision system leaves no extraneous detail to the imagination. The Edition 1 is already sold out (at $112,595 each), but the standard truck is coming in 2022, a more affordable model in 2023, and the “base” Hummer EV in 2024.
Range: ~250 miles Torque/Payload/Towing: 700-800 lb-ft. /NA/ 7,500 lbs. Availability: NA
Lordstown Endurance purchased GM’s plant in Lordstown, Ohio in 2020 and planned to produce the Endurance electric pickup. However, financial troubles have beset the company almost since its inception, and while pre-orders remain available for the Endurance, there are no set production plans pending savior investors. The startup recently announced its intention to sell the factory to Foxconn. What makes the Endurance unique is its minimalist driveshaft; the truck features four independent hub motors – one in each wheel – and completely lacks gears, transmission and live axle meaning it behaves more like a sports car than a truck and can do 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The Endurance is aimed specifically at fleet buyers, and if the truck ever emerges, it should have a range of 250 miles and 600 hp with a weight of 7,500 lbs. Towing capacity.
Range 300 Miles: Torque/Payload/Towing: 980 lb-ft. / 1,760 lbs. / 11,000 pounds. Availability: 2022
With investments from Ford and Amazon, the Rivian R1T is poised to become a major contender in the EV market. The base and extended battery models will push the R1T over 250 to 400 miles, and Rivian is confident they’ve struck the right balance between technology, utility, affordability and appeal. Three versions are available. Each wheel is powered by its own motor and the truck has 800hp and can do 60mph in 3.0 seconds. Launch models all come with a 135kWh battery and a 180kWh battery is available to push the truck closer to 400 miles. Leather and wood abound inside around a recessed 16.0-inch infotainment screen while a trunk offers 12 cubes of lockable storage space. Three 110V outlets anchor the bed with an air compressor. Rivian began delivering trucks in September 2021 with mass production expected in 2022. The R1T holds the distinction as the first consumer electric truck to be produced.
Range: 500+ miles Torque/Payload/Towing: 1,000 lb-ft. / 3,500 lbs. / 14,000 pounds. Availability: 2022+
Tesla’s Cybertruck, the most notorious (and one of the first) electric truck in the public eye, is set to debut in three models: a tri-motor, AWD version; a twin-motor AWD version; and a single-engine RWD version as the base. The tri-motor version offers a range of over 500 miles and 14,000 lbs. towing capability with 0-60 mph in under 3.0 seconds. Each model is equipped with a 250kW charging cable for use on Tesla’s extensive charger network. The Cybertruck can accommodate six people in its spartan interior and the cargo area offers a volume of 100 cubic feet. A built-in sliding ramp should make loading and unloading motorcycles and ATVs a breeze, and the truck’s 16-inch adjustable ground clearance means the Cybertruck is ready to go offroad. Originally slated for a 2021 debut, Cybertruck production begins shortly in Austin, Texas, with beta trucks to begin testing later this year. Hopefully they test better than “armored windows” that repel rocks.
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Originally posted on Automotive Fleet