Best electric trucks for 2022, tested

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There are only three battery-electric pickups available for the 2022 model year, though more will arrive in the coming years. This trio of trucks purports to offer the functionality of a pickup truck with the efficiency of a battery-powered powertrain. Still, these three offerings appeal to very different types of buyers. One puts an electric twist on America’s best-selling vehicle, another combines luxury appointments with a “proper” size, while the third option is aimed at the kid inside us who still yearns for a full-size Tonka truck. These are the best electric trucks of 2022, ranked.

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The GMC Hummer EV knows how ridiculous a concept it is (An electric revival of the quintessential gas guzzler? You’ve got to be kidding), and it leans right into the piece. Heck, GMC dubs the truck’s launch control setting Watts Freedom mode (WTF). With it plugged in, this 1,000-hp, three-motor behemoth gets to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. If that’s not enough for you, check out Hummer’s Extract Mode, which raises the truck nearly 16 inches off the ground, or its Crab Walk mode, which, thanks to an all-wheel steering system, allows the truck to drive diagonally around obstacles.

The Hummer EV is spectacularly expensive for all the carefree fun. Blame it on being available strictly in loaded version 1 form for 2022 (cheaper and less powerful variants of the model will roll out over the course of the next few model years).

Its 7,500-pound towing capacity is also significantly less than the other two electric trucks available for 2022. The Hummer is also incredibly heavy, with an estimated curb weight north of 9,000 pounds. Even so, GMC claims the Hummer will travel 329 miles on a full charge of its mammoth 212.7 kWh battery pack.

  • Car and driver rating: 7.5/10
  • Base price: $110,295

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The Rivian R1T hit the market a bit before the other two electric trucks on this list, making it the first battery-powered pickup truck to hit our market. We gave it an Editor’s Choice award because of its sleek looks, 314 miles of EPA-estimated range, quick acceleration, and admirable off-road ability.

Power comes courtesy of four electric motors that draw power from a 128.9 kWh battery pack. With a total of 835 horsepower, the setup engine propels the R1T to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Despite its smaller size relative to the 2022 electric truck competition, the R1T offers the largest towing capacity in this segment at 11,000 pounds.

Inside, the R1T feels like a true luxury vehicle. That said, we wish Rivian complemented the large touchscreen with hard buttons to control simple functions like adjusting the rearview mirrors. We also wish the truck was compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Overall though, the R1T brings more positives than negatives to the table.

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • Base price: $68,575

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Although we gave the Ford F-150 Lightning the same rating as the Rivian R1T, we ultimately awarded the Blue Oval’s electric pickup the top spot on this list for its greater mass appeal. Specifically, we’re talking about its starting price of $41,769, which undercuts the Rivian’s price by more than $25,000 (note that the entry-level F-150 Lightning in 2023 will see a $7,000 price increase).

Ford offers the Lightning with two battery packs that customers can choose from: a 98.0 kWh unit that has an EPA-rated range of 230 miles and a 131.0 kWh set with up to 320 miles of range. Lightning equipped with the smaller package produces 452 horsepower, while the larger package occupies 580 horses. The latter setup also gives the truck a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds.

For better or worse, the F-150 Lightning’s exterior and interior design are not unique to the model. However, some trim, such as the front light bar, is specific to the battery-electric truck. Although the Lightning’s plastic-heavy interior feels a little underwhelming in the truck’s $92,019 Platinum guise, the pickup’s range of models, relatively low entry cost, and more than 200 miles of EPA-rated range make it a great combination worthy of its spot on our annual Editor’s Choice list and the top spot on this list.

  • Car and driver rating: 8.5/10
  • Base price: $41,769

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Every 2022 electric pickup truck ranked

  • 3. GMC Hummer EV
  • 2. Rivian R1T
  • 1. Ford F-150 Lightning

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