Electric vehicles remain at the forefront of automobile innovation. As Tesla has shocked the market with its all-electric lineup many once-hesitant car manufacturers are beginning to join the club. Legacy automakers have launched into the all-electric vehicle (EV) scene to compete with companies already well established. Within the next few years, brands including Ford, GMC, and Nissan will introduce the next stage in electric vehicle dominance: trucks.
The Nissan Titan, the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Silverado EV, and the Hummer EV are all rumored to be entering the market among a swath of other electric truck brands. Besides the reduced carbon footprint, electric vehicles, and trucks specifically, offer a range of advantages over typical oil-reliant vehicles. So much so that the number-one selling truck in America, the classic Ford F series, is going electric. It will take some time before electric vehicles comprise the majority of the machines on the road, but there are incentives pushing people in that direction.
To understand why these big-name car manufacturers are hedging their resources on an electric future you must realize the superior overall experience EV’s provide. First thing’s first, electric vehicles are cheaper. Even if the starting price is steeper than your typical gas-powered car there is no gas to buy, no oil changes needing to be had, and fewer moving parts to break or wear out. They’re more powerful. The batteries that keep them moving provide significantly more torque and speed. A godsend for any truck buyer. Without that pesky engine, electric trucks have more storage space than any previous models. All this, among a range of improvements and inclusions that only a battery can provide. This is truly a step forward in the auto industry. The environment will thank us too.
Some of the most highly anticipated trucks are simply the next-in-line in a historic series like the F-150 and the Silverado, while others come to us from EV start-ups such as the 2022 Atlis XT or the 2021 Rivian R1T. What does this mean? That not only are electric cars at our doorstep, but the competition is getting crowded. A far cry from the empty electric vehicle market we saw Tesla dominating a few years ago. Tesla and the GMC Hummer boast supreme off-roading capabilities, while Lordstown Motors has touted their new EV the Endurance as a great fleet vehicle option for businesses. With several options and significant manufacturing improvements likely to come as the process to make these behemoths becomes standardized, consumers can expect a highly advantageous electric vehicle market within the next few years. Rivian had 30,000 down payments on their truck as of last year, and likewise, Tesla announced over 1 million preorders for their Cybertruck… though how many will actually buy the trucks remains to be seen.