Hummer EV, Rivian R1T and more

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Times are changing and electric cars are becoming more popular than ever. Consumers are seeking relief from high gas prices and automakers are pushing to reduce private transportation’s reliance on fossil fuels. While electrification began with hatchbacks, sedans and even crossover SUVs, it was only a matter of time before the wave hit one of America’s best-selling vehicles: pickup trucks.

The idea of ​​an all-electric pickup makes sense. The abundance of low-end torque and instant power provided by electric motors seems like a perfect fit for utility vehicles, especially when towing or off-roading. But battery technology has developed slowly. Pickup buyers have traditionally been resistant to comparatively modest changes. And automakers have struggled to find the right formula to make electric trucks work — until now.

Almost all major truck manufacturers – and some upstarts – are launching or planning to launch electric trucks in the coming years. Here’s a handy guide to help you get to market.

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The long-awaited Rivian R1T paves the way for the segment. After what seemed like ten tumultuous years, the California-based startup really beat everyone else to the punch, offering the world’s first all-electric pickup truck with adventurous branding, innovative storage options, and (top of the line) a four-motor system pushing out more than 800 horsepower and 900 lb-ft torque.

Horsepower: 838

Torque: 908 lb-ft

EPA range: 314 miles

Towing capacity: 11,000 lbs

Starting MSRP: $67,500

Production date: In production

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GMC’s Hummer EV SUT is being hailed as one of the biggest vehicle launches for the 2022 model year — both literally and figuratively — the return of the famously macho truck brand. Unveiled in October 2020, it serves as the flagship model that ushers in an entirely new generation and lineup of all-electric luxury SUVs and trucks from General Motors.

Standouts include a 0-60 mph time of about 3 seconds in Watts to Freedom mode, the ability to go crabbing, and, yes, a three-motor system that produces 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 lb-ft of torque.

Horsepower: 1,000

Torque: 1,200 lb-ft

EPA range: 329 miles

Towing capacity: 7,500 lbs

Starting MSRP: $108,700

Production date: In production

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Ford F-150 Lightning (2022)

You can’t discuss pickup trucks without the Ford F-150, which also happens to be America’s best-selling vehicle, full-stop. The Dearborn-based automaker announced its efforts to make an all-electric F-150 last May for launch in spring 2022. Like the standard F-150, Ford will transition the F-150 Lightning in various trims and configurations. And like the standard F-150, it will start under $40,000. It can also supply backup power to your home and has a large storage capacity.

Horsepower: 563

Torque: 775 lb-ft

EPA range: up to 320 miles

Towing capacity: 10,000 lbs

Starting MSRP: $39,974

Production date: Spring 2022

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Chevrolet Silverado EV (2023)

Chevrolet follows the Ford F-150 Lightning with an electric version of the Silverado, the Silverado EV. Unveiled at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show in prototype form, the Silverado EV looks a bit like a traditional Chevy truck (especially the Avalanche). But under the hood sits a tuned version of the Ultium-supplied powertrain like the GMC Hummer EV SUT and a claimed range of up to 400 miles.

Eventually, the Silverado EV will match the Ford with a starting price under $40,000. But for non-fleet buyers, the first edition RST model will start at $105,000.

Horsepower: 664

Torque: 780 lb-ft

EPA range: 400 miles (estimated)

Towing capacity: 10,000 pounds

Starting MSRP: $105,000

Production date: Autumn 2023

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GM electric pickups wouldn’t be complete without the Chevrolet Silverado’s more luxurious cousin, the GMC Sierra, getting the same treatment. And GMC has confirmed that the GMC Sierra EV is on the way. We don’t know if the Sierra EV will track the Silverado EV’s performance numbers. But we do know it will use the same platform as the Silverado EV and Hummer EV SUT and get the brand’s super-luxurious Denali treatment.

Production date: 2023 (projected)

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Ram Electric Pickup (2024)

Toyota presented a series of 16 new electric vehicle concepts. One, tucked into the back corner, was the Pickup EV. We don’t know what Toyota will call this truck yet, and we don’t know if the next-generation Tacoma will offer an electric variant. But if Toyota announced it was building an electric Tacoma, it would be hard for a truck to look more like this. The looks, unfortunately, are about all we know about Toyota’s electric pickup so far.

Production date: 2025 (estimated)

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