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Are Electric Trucks The Future Of The Industry?

June 2, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Electric Trucks

For those of you who are above the ripe old age of 22, you probably remember the film Back To The Future. It's really a fantastic film, and we remember being enamored with all the futuristic technology that the movie had - self-lacing shoes, hoverboards, and of course, flying cars. There were a few things that the movie got right about 2015, but there are a few that they may have missed the mark on as well.

While we certainly don't have flying cars today, the fact still remains that all-electric cars are a thing of the present. But move over, Tesla - it's not just sedans that are getting the EV treatment. In the last two years, electric trucks seem to be popping up literally everywhere, but what's the catch? Who's making them, where did they come from, and how long will they last? Today we're finding out what's the scoop with electric trucks and if they truly are the way of the future.

2017 Tesla Model X with Niche Staccato wheels

How Did Electric Vehicles Become Popular?

While there are lots of electric trucks and just lots of electric vehicles in general on the horizon, it does make us wonder why they've gotten so popular in the first place. After all, it seems that just in the last two or three years, we've seen all sorts of vehicles pop up all over the place. Even some of the big three are introducing all-electric vehicles, including Chevy.

For starters, we're beginning to see electric vehicles grow in popularity because unlike when they were first introduced, you don't really have much to worry about when it comes to range. The Achilles heel for electric vehicles has always been range - while a petrol-powered car or truck could go 300 or 400 miles on a tank, electric vehicles have historically been capped to under a 200 mile range. Recently, though, we've seen these ranges extended with some of these new electric vehicles to be upwards of 450 miles of range or more.

Not only is this pretty awesome, it also really changes the game when it comes to the usability and functionality of these electric pickups. This, coupled with the fact that electric vehicles are getting much more affordable to your everyday consumer, makes it easy to understand why Tesla blew up and why other manufacturers are getting into this market as well.


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What Are The Best New Electric Trucks?

Speaking of Tesla, let's chat for just a second about the electric trucks that we know of that are currently coming out or on their way. While there are a lot of trucks in the news right now, it all started with the one and only Tesla - seeing the results they saw with their electric cars in 2019, Elon Musk turned his sights to the pickup market, introducing the all-new, futuristic and badass Cybertruck. And it took the market by storm, but it hasn't stopped there.

Since Tesla played with the idea of an all-electric pickup, the market has exploded with other contenders that want a piece of the pie as well. Companies like Nikola, Lordstown, Rivian and Bollinger were quick to fire off concepts for their electric trucks, but it didn't stop there either. Even the pandemic of 2020 didn't stop the big three from making strides in the electric market while the rest of the world was slowing down a bit.

2022 Ford F-150 with American Force Redd wheels

What Electric Trucks Have the Big Three Made?

It all started with Ford, who dropped the line in 2021 that they were bringing back the F-150 Lightning, only this time it was all-electric. Modeling after the Tesla $100 pre-order, Ford saw a massive amount of preorders for this truck, and has stated now that they're planning to double production of the Lightning by 2024. That's pretty wild - controversial, but wild.

But the F-150 Lightning isn't just cool because it's electric, it really is a practical vehicle. It's a half-ton truck with a ton of opportunities, and we'd go so far as to say that it's more versatile because of the plug-in options that the F-150 has. If you need to plug it into your job site and run a circle saw or something, the Lightning can do that. If the power goes out in your house, just plug your Lightning in and it'll backfeed power out of the battery and into your house.

But it wasn't just Ford that's jumping on the bandwagon here - recently, both GM and Mopar have committed to having fully-electric trucks by 2022. While details on both are still pretty vague, rumors are circulating that news about the EV Silverado and Sierra models will be coming soon. RAM is also talking about an electric truck, stating that they'll have some more details shortly.


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Advantages of Electric Trucks Over Gas and Diesel

So, why on Earth would you want to own an EV pickup, especially when gas and diesel trucks are so dialed in? For starters, one of the biggest advantages of an electric pickup is that unlike a gas or diesel truck, which needs to rev up before you hit peak torque, an electric motor in a pickup will give you that power immediately. This obviously is great for towing - if you're hauling a large payload, you'll have the power you need for the job right away instead of waiting for it to build up.

This, coupled with the fact that electric trucks usually have more torque than gas or diesel counterparts anyway, means that electric pickups are ready to party. But it's not always rainbows and unicorns when it comes to electric vehicles.


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Disadvantages of Electric Trucks Compared to Gas and Diesel

The biggest disadvantage of electric vehicles is that they do require a charge, and that usually takes some time to happen. Where petrol-powered vehicles are as simple as taking it to your nearest gas station and taking like 4 minutes to fill up, electric vehicles need to be plugged in. While charging speeds vary, to get the full 350-plus charged miles that you need, it can sometimes take hours at the charging station.

Also, while electric cars have come a long way in terms of colder climates like the Midwest, there's still much to be seen when it comes to electric trucks in the winter. How will they perform, and will the battery life hold up when the temperature drops below freezing? Time will tell.

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