Two significant forces of American life are set to collide. Will a wave of electric truck launches help people's love of pickups and the need to reduce emissions come together happily for a greener future?
Americans love pickups. Ford's F-series have been the best-selling vehicles in the US for over 40 years. In 2019, three million pickups were sold in the US - but how does that square with America's aim to go electric?
Despite launch event hiccups, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is confident of the Cybertruck's potential. With 250,000+ pre-order deposits of $100, that's understandable. Reportedly, he's on the hunt for a central US location for a 'gigafactory' to build them.
A divisive name should be no reason to hold back Nikola Corporation's Badger (apparently, it's called that because badgers are fierce and the truck will be too). This Arizona startup uses hydrogen converted into electricity to power the motors. It also has an onboard auxiliary battery. Hydrogen refilling stations are few and far between, but Nikola is planning to build its own network.
What will the Badger deliver?
0-60MPH: 2.9 seconds
Range: 600 miles (300 battery, 300 fuel cell)
Peak torque: 980 LBS
Peak HP: 906
Fuel: Battery and hydrogen cell
The Hummer EV
General Motors is resurrecting its iconic Hummer range as an all-new electric version. The original was retired in 2010, but it's such an identifiable brand a comeback was always on the cards.
Making a choice will be difficult until the vehicles are in production, but at the moment it seems if you want range, go for the Badger. For power, it's the Hummer. And if you want to turn heads, the Cybertruck might be for you.
The Rivian, which goes on sale later this year with an expected 400-mile range, has attracted much press coverage and, of course, Ford has plans to launch an electric F-series pick-up to cash in on their established popularity.
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