The Hustle

All-electric pickups are almost here

Auto manufacturers are kicking their EV production into high gear.

April 28, 2021

Back in 2019, Ford had its prototype all-electric F-150 pickup truck tow a double-decker, 10-car freight train filled with 42 other F-150s.

Not to rain on Ford’s parade, but apparently towing a train isn’t hard to do, though it’s still insanely cool and represented a trend toward EV pickups years in the making.

It’s a shift that makes sense for one simple reason:

America LOVES pickup trucks

When we say “loves,” we mean it:

Companies new and old are revving their engines batteries

Tesla already received hundreds of thousands of preorders for Cybertruck, and Rivian’s R1T pickup will reach its first customers in June.

Detroit and Japan are making moves, too:

The new EVs could create a wave of ‘convenient environmentalists’

Consulting firm Oliver Wyman found 51% of people were willing to buy an EV in March 2021, up from 34% in spring 2020.

Per the WSJ, electric trucks are attracting drivers who might not otherwise opt for an electric anything, simply because they perform well.

If you’re in the market, but the prices are too damn high, check out this option from Alibaba. With a width of ~3 feet and a 28 mph max speed, it’s an absolute beast.

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