The year of the electric pickup trucks is here. 2023 is the year with the most options available for electric pickups. Familiar names like Ford, Chevy, and GMC are all in the game, but several lesser-known EV pickups are also available from startup companies. Let’s take a look.
Among the Big Three, GM has waded the furthest into the EV truck pool. Starting with the Hummer EV pickup and expanding recently to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 EV and the GMC Sierra EV. The Hummer EV may not be the most practical EV truck available, but it’s not billed that way, either. Instead, GM calls it the ultimate off-road EV super truck, and it boasts up to 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque.
On the more practical end of GM’s EV truck options are the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 EV and the GMC Sierra. The Work Truck trim of the Silverado starts at a reasonable $39,900, and the smartest feature is the bed that starts at 5 feet and 11 inches but can be extended to 9 feet with the midgate open, or even 10 feet and 10 inches with the optional extended tailgate.
The GMC Sierra will be based on the same GM Ultium platform as the Silverado, but it’s not likely to arrive in the US market until early 2024.
Ford and Ram
The debut of the Ford F-150 as an EV truck is a big deal, in large part because the regular model has been the best-selling vehicle in North America for four decades. The F-150 Lightning EV was revealed in May 2021, and tens of thousands of Americans immediately put one on reserve. The Lightning features a 320-mile range, a huge front trunk to go with its spacious bed, and bi-directional power that can run your tools or house for days.
The Ram EV truck offering is the Ram 1500 Revolution Electric Vehicle (REV). The Ram 1500 REV was previewed at the Super Bowl halftime show and will be fully launched later this year. Known features of the Ram 1500 REV include two versions with different ranges, bi-directional charging, and fairly hefty towing and payload ability.
There are also a handful of startup companies that have released EV truck models. The most well-known one that is actually in production is the Rivian R1T. This truck isn’t cheap at a starting price of $73,000, but it looks good and has a 300-mile range. Another one is the Lordstown Endurance, which entered production in late 2022 and is more like a work truck than the Rivian, with a claimed 250+ miles of range.
The Alpha Wolf is another California EV startup that’s expected to go into production by the fourth quarter of 2023. It’s expected to have a range of around 250 miles and come in both 2WD and 4WD versions. It’s also expected to target a low starting price below $40,000.
It’s easy to see that there are plenty of options out there and more to come if you’re interested in getting an EV pickup.
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