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Electric truck wars: 9 manufacturers ready to charge

The Bollinger Motors electric truck

Changing nearly as fast as gas prices, there’s seemingly constant news in the electric truck market. More manufacturers are debuting EV pickups while others have plans to do so in the not-too-distant future.

At least nine manufacturers are in the electric truck business, led by Tesla and Rivian. Here’s a synopsis of arguably the top-two most anticipated EV trucks and a list of the manufacturers currently in the market.

The first available Rivian electric truck is already sold out before it's public debut.
The first available Rivian electric truck is already sold out before its public debut.

Telsa has plans to offer Cybertruck. Company founder and CEO Elon Musk changes his mind often. But the pending slate currently includes a tri-motor with all-wheel drive, a dual-motor AWD model and a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive.

Electric trucks ready to charge

Prices were announced starting at just under $40,000. The tri-motor option is planned as the first available to the public in late 2021 Its starting price of $69,900. Its marketing claims a 500-mile range, 0-60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds and 14,000-pound towing capacity.

The Rivan R1T looks more like an electric truck than the pending futuristic offering of Tesla. Rivian has acquired vast commitments from companies like Amazon and even Ford.

The Bollinger Motors electric truck
The Bollinger Motors electric truck is pending after several years of prototypes. Image © James Raia.

Similar in size to the Honda Ridgeline, Rivian will offer a 400-mile range in its top-spec model and its 180-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Rivian will offer two other battery pack options, 135 kWh and 105 kWh packs, that should provide 300-plus miles and 230 miles of range, respectively.

The Rivian is now scheduled for its debut in late 2021.

Here’s the list of current or pending electric pickup trucks:

Atlis XT
Bollinger B1 B2
Chevy Silverado EV
Ford Lightning
Fisker Alaska
GMC Hummer EV
Lordstown Motors Endurance electric pickup
Rivian R1T
Tesla Cybertruck

 

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