2022 Rivian R1T in yellow

The 3 Best EV Pickups on Sale Now

When considering an EV, a pickup truck isn’t necessarily the first thing that pops into your head. But automakers have been hard at work preparing EV offerings for the hotly contested pickup segment.

Pickup trucks have unique demands that set them apart from regular cars. An EV pickup must deliver as a true pickup, while also offering the inherent advantages of an electric vehicle. So, let’s consider the best EV pickups on sale right now and what the future holds for this ultra-competitive segment.


1. Rivian R1T

Much like the Tesla Model S plaid, one of the best performance EVs out there, the Rivian R1T is a vehicle founded on excess. Everything about the Rivian (in numerical terms) is about establishing a new performance benchmark in the segment. A quick look at some stats will universally make jaws drop. According to Rivian, the R1T can be optioned with a Quad-Motor AWD system putting out more than 800 horsepower.

Obviously, with four electric motors, the journey to 60 mph is quite fast, and Rivian estimates that with the correct configuration, the R1T will incinerate the 0-60 run in 3.0 secs. This time is blisteringly fast for a sports car; now imagine this time from a pickup truck with 14.9 inches of ground clearance and capable of towing up to 11,000 lbs. If you’ve ever wondered if you can tow your trailer with an EV, the Rivian answers that with a resounding yes.

In terms of pure statistical outrageousness, the only thing that comes close to the Rivian is the Model S Plaid. But the Rivian is a much more complete vehicle in terms of utility. You can basically go anywhere with the R1T, even extreme off-road trails, something the Tesla (any Tesla) would only dream of. Inside the Rivian is well-equipped and is designed with a rugged lifestyle in mind.

The R1T has one extremely distinctive feature that is reminiscent of the Model X’s gullwing doors but much more useful. Built into the side of the R1T, right behind the rearmost doors, is a compartment that crosses the entire truck from side to side. When both covers are open, you can see through the truck from side to side.

This is incredibly useful as a storage area for muddy items you don’t want to throw in the cargo area but can’t go inside. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a great party trick, as well as extremely useful.

2. Ford F-150 Lightning

First things first, Ford states on its website that the current F-150 Lightning is not available for retail orders. Regardless of when the Lightning is available for ordering once again, it’s a seriously capable truck that will continue to fuel Ford’s dominance in the pickup segment.

You can expect approximately 300 miles of range from the Extended Range Battery. Ford says the Lightning can tow up to 10,000 lbs with the correct configuration, and complete the run from 0-60 mph in a targeted mid-four seconds. The F-150 Lightning also features a cavernous frunk with 14.1 cu-ft of sealed space. Ford says this is the largest sealed front trunk of any electric pickup. The Lightning is also incredibly powerful, with the extended range battery model putting out 563 horsepower.

One of the most amazing features of the F-150 Lightning is that coupled with Ford’s 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, it can power your house in case of power failure. This feature is extremely useful for hurricane season, or any other moment a power outage may occur. Along the same line, the Lightning also features multiple power outlets that can power an assortment of tools.

3. HUMMER EV Pickup

The HUMMER EV Pickup is a powerful behemoth that can travel approximately 350 miles in a single charge when correctly configured. However, the biggest party trick the EV HUMMER has is its ability to “CrabWalk,” which allows the HUMMER EV to drive diagonally in some capacity.

When looking at the HUMMER EV’s exterior, it’s hard to imagine this gargantuan vehicle is an EV, especially because it resembles the old HUMMER, and that car was the farthest thing from an EV you can imagine. Currently, reservations for the HUMMER EV Edition 1 are full, and this is the craziest model of them all which puts out 1,000 hp and accelerates to 60 mph in 3 seconds.

HUMMER rebranding itself as an EV company is a strange move to say the least. GM could have easily invested its resources into the electrification of one of its existing brands instead of bringing one back from the dead, which has never been associated with efficiency. But, the result is a capable and fun truck that just so happens to be electric.

Future EV Pickup Models

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Tesla Cybertruck. The Cybertruck has been the most hyped EV in recent memory, but just like the Tesla Roadster, it’s difficult to say concretely if this super vehicle will ever actually ship out to customers at some point.

Because the Cybertruck is a Tesla, it also features comically exaggerated performance figures, like a towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds. If the Cybertruck ever does make it to the market it’s almost guaranteed consumers will flock to buy the armored EV in droves.

GM is also going to be joining the EV pickup game very soon, they will be releasing their Silverado EV in the fall of 2023. The Silverado EV RST comes with 660 hp and a range of up to 400 miles, which is amazing. The same Silverado RST can also tow up to 10,000 lbs, according to GM.

Electric Pickups Are Just Getting Started

If you think the current crop of electric pickups has crazy performance figures, just wait until heavy-duty EV pickups are launched. These pickups will feature some of the most ludicrous performance numbers ever seen on a production vehicle, not because its completely necessary to get the job done, but purely for competition’s sake.

The pickup segment has always been ridiculously heated in terms of competition, with some diesel pickups already offering around 1,000 lbs of torque, the advent of heavy-duty EV pickups will only add fire to this. Regardless, the current crop of EV pickup trucks is definitely a great start to a class of vehicles that nobody saw coming a few years ago.

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