Update: ‘Scout electric truck (VW Group brand)’ section updated and ‘SsangYong electric pickup truck’ section added.
By mid-decade, there are at least a dozen fully electrified models of America’s favorite body style, the pickup truck, that are ready to launch. Here’s the list of known upcoming electric truck models, which their manufacturers have confirmed or are considering launching.
The list contains electric trucks from brands with a proven track record, having built millions of vehicles, or are pouring billions of dollars into EVs.
RAM 1500 electric truck
Stellantis brand RAM says it will “redefine” the full-size BEV pickup by 2024 with the RAM 1500 electric. Teasers and initial information released by the company during the Stellantis EV Day 2021 (which took place on July 8, 2021) show a promising electric pickup in the making.
The basic formula is a dual-cab configuration (which is seen as a high-volume configuration and therefore a safe bet) riding on the STLA Frame platform. It would make the 1500 Electric Truck the first model to use the new ladder frame. Additionally, it should be available with a range extender system, offering a similar range with the same payload/cargo volume as a traditional powertrain.
The 1500 EV will likely be the most technologically advanced Ram ever made. It will keep improving and gain features with periodic software updates. Stellantis will roll out software updates for its EVs every quarter, CEO Carlos Tavares said at the Stellantis Software Day 2021 event. Ram 1500 EV customers will likely get an option to upgrade the pickup’s performance even after taking its delivery, Mamatha Chamarthi, SVP – Software Business & Product, Stellantis, suggested at the same event.
For our Ram pickup owners, customers can increase the capability of their truck to handle greater loads.Mamatha Chamarthi, SVP – Software Business & Product, Stellantis (Stellantis Software Day 2021 on December 7, 2021)
The RAM 1500 EV will use locally manufactured batteries since Stellantis has signed a deal with LG Energy Solution for a joint venture lithium-ion battery production plant in North America. We also know that the 1500 EV will offer various drive modes, dynamic range mapping, and a charge station locator. Expect the company to reveal more details by the end of the year, perhaps improve the specs on the road to the launch.
In July 2021, Stellantis had said that the 1500 EV’s maximum charging power will be 150 kW, which experts believed may put it at a disadvantage in 2024, considering electric car makers have breezed past that charging speed today. On March 1, 2022, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares suggested that the company has decided to increase the supported charging input to make the electric truck more competitive. Tavares didn’t reveal a new figure, but from what he said, we expect class-leading attributes from the truck:
Our Ram 1500 (EV) will outperform all competitors on the attributes customers care most about: range, towing, payload, (and) charge time.Carlos Tavares, CEO, Stellantis (Stellantis Dare Forward 2030 on March 1, 2022)
Ram has set up a new online platform christened Ram Revolution to keep customers updated about the development of the Ram electric truck and to initiate meaningful interactions with them. Through the RamRevolution.com hub, customers can give inputs during the development phase, get updates and unique visuals and participate in an ongoing dialogue. Through the ‘Ram Real Talk Tour,’ Ram executives and customers can get together to enhance their EV knowledge at various events during the year.
The Ram electric truck would go on sale about two years after rival products from Ford and Chevrolet, and possibly even GMC. However, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares has suggested that the company would make good use of the extra time by “adjusting the competitiveness and the appeal” based on what’s available/lacking in the comparable products already on sale.
Release Date: The Ram 1500 EV will debut in concept form in fall 2022, as the brand’s official Twitter account confirmed on April 25, 2022. The production version should break cover by early 2024 and arrive at Ram U.S. dealers by mid-2024.
Price: The RAM 1500 EV should be priced from the region of USD 40,000.
Video: Cybertruck Owners Club/Youtube
Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO, Tesla, has confirmed that the company has pushed the Cybertruck launch further back to 2023. Musk said that launching new models this year would not make sense because the company expects to continue being “parts constrained” this year.
Before Musk confirmed the postponement to 2023, Reuters reported that Tesla plans to change the features and functions of the Cybertruck before the launch. The company could begin production by the end of Q1 2023 (January-March 2023), the person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
We knew the Tesla Cybertruck prices: the entry variant, single motor, starts at USD 39,900, the dual-motor Cybertruck is priced at USD 49,900, and the tri-motor costs USD 69,900. However, Tesla has since removed the Cybertruck pricing and variants section from its website. Tesla says that the Cybertruck can do 0-60 mph as quickly as in 2.9 seconds and travel up to 500 miles on a single charge.
Musk has confirmed that at least one big change is coming to the Cybertruck as it evolves into a series production model, and that’s the addition of a quad-motor variant. The Cybertruck quad-motor will sport four individual motors capable of delivering “ultra-fast response” and allows controlling the torque going to each wheel. It could be quicker in the 0-60 mph sprint than the tri-motor variant (2.9 seconds), and its towing capacity could be better, too (tri-motor variant: 14,000+ lbs).
Unofficial images and videos circulating on the web have revealed that Tesla has prepared minor design revisions for the production Cybertruck. The company has “locked” the final design, Musk said in an interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley and The Kilowatts (via YouTube) in June 2022.
According to initial customer polls, the average transaction price was USD 62,554, indicating that the bulk of the Cybertruck orders is for the tri- and dual-motor variants. While the company has not announced the number of orders it has received for the Cybertruck in recent months, a crowdsourced tally by the Cybertruck forum estimates 1.27 million orders.
Yoke steering, rear-axle steering system, swiveling touchscreen infotainment system, touch-operated door locks, digital instrument cluster, air suspension, etc. will be some of the key features of the production Cybertruck.
Release Date: The Tesla electric truck’s sales may commence in small volume in early 2023. What Tesla has confirmed in this regard is that it will start production of customer delivery units in 2023.
Price: While the Tesla Cybertruck was announced to start at USD 39,900, Tesla has recently removed the pricing details from its website.
Chevy Silverado electric truck
The Chevrolet Silverado EV, initially referred to as Chevrolet BET Truck, is the brand’s first electric pickup. It will compete with the Ford F-150 Lightning, which has just gone on sale in the U.S.
The Chevy Silverado EV will be available with at least two different Ultium battery pack options. One of them will be a 24-module unit, probably related to the GMC Hummer EV Pickup’s largest battery pack. It should have an energy storage capacity of 200 kWh, which would be sufficient to offer GM’s estimated range – 400+ miles. With 350 kW of peak charging power support, the company expects just 10 minutes of DC charging to be enough to cover a distance of approx. 100 miles.
Like in Ford’s electric truck, a dual-motor powertrain is likely to be standard in the Silverado EV. GM has confirmed that one of the configurations will have up to 664 horsepower and more than 780 lb-ft of torque. This performance-oriented configuration will hit 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds, although that’s an unverified, GM estimate at this point. Another configuration, targeted at fleet customers, will provide 20,000 pounds of towing capacity, with an optional Max Tow package. There’s plenty more to look forward to, including bidirectional charging, a 17-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an 11-inch virtual instrument cluster, a 14-inch head-up display, and more.
Release Date: Chevrolet Silverado EV reservations opened in January 2022, and GM received 140,000 pre-orders. Deliveries of the Silverado EV Work Truck will start in early 2023, followed by the Silverado EV RST model in late 2023. Initially, the production will take place at the GM Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck (Michigan), USA. From 2024, the GM Orion Assembly plant (Michigan), USA, will also manufacture the electric truck.
Price: The Chevy Silverado electric truck is priced starting at USD 39,900 MSRP.
|Configuration||Chevrolet Silverado EV Price*||Chevrolet Silverado EV Release Date|
|Silverado EV WT (Work Truck) Crew Cab||USD 39,900||Spring 2023|
|Silverado EV RST Crew Cab||To Be Announced||To Be Announced|
|Silverado EV RST First Edition Crew Cab||USD 105,000||Fall 2023|
|Silverado Trail Boss||To Be Announced||To Be Announced|
*Excluding destination freight charge of USD 1,695
GMC Sierra electric truck
The GMC Sierra Denali electric truck will be the brand’s second electric pickup after the Hummer EV Pickup. The teaser suggests that it will debut as a production-oriented concept sometime this year.
We imagine that the GMC electric truck would capitalize on the Ultium platform utilizing batteries with upwards of 100 kWh capacity to provide a range of 400+ miles, similar to the Silverado EV. The GMC version should offer a more luxurious interior with generous soft-touch plastics and leather/artificial vegan leather applications in the cabin. GMC may equip the Sierra EV with plenty of advanced tech features, including an 11-inch fully digital instrument cluster, an 18-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a head-up display that screens content over 14-inches. A flat floor could be another highlight of the interior.
Release Date: The GMC Sierra electric truck should have its market launch in 2024, a year after the Silverado EV goes on sale. GM has confirmed that it will build the Sierra EV at its Orion Assembly plant (Michigan), USA, from 2024.
Price: To retain its premium positioning, the GMC Sierra EV should be priced over the Silverado EV, so expect a starting price in the vicinity of USD 60,000.
2025 Ford electric truck
When Ford started serial production of the F-150 Lightning in April, it hinted at what’s to come over the next few years. The company CEO Jim Farley let slip that a new type of F-Series pickup would be manufactured (alongside the next-gen F-150 Lightning) in the company’s upcoming BlueOval City in Memphis, Tennessee facility in a few years.
Farley offered no additional details, but we know from reports that it would ride on Ford’s new TE1 platform. The TE1 platform will be exclusive to electric trucks and SUVs (with another GE2 platform earmarked for electric cars and crossovers), and as per a report from Reuters, Ford will target 160,000 units/annum of the TE1 based Electric truck.
There’s one more speculation on the web about this mysterious electric pickup truck. Some analysts believe Farley was referring to a Ford Ranger EV, which would have a market in Europe as well. Such a model would potentially have a VW Amarok cousin as well. After all, Volkswagen Group has confirmed it is interested in launching a pickup truck in the U.S. and making an electric variant of the Amarok. Perhaps, these developments are closely connected, but only time will tell.
The 2025 Ford electric pickup truck would feature an offbeat design, Farley told Laycee Schmidtke of YouTube channel Miss GoElectric in April 2022. Another interesting thing he revealed was that Ford would equip this model with active and deployable aero similar to a semi-truck for more energy efficiency.
For the F-150 Lightning, Ford has to initially source batteries from LG Chem and SK Innovation. The expected high sales volumes (in addition to other TE1 and GE2 products) would justify Ford to build batteries in-house with a plant in North America.
The next-gen Ford electric truck could get the ‘IonBoost+’ lithium-ion batteries Ford plans to develop for large vehicles. The batteries will consist of unique pouch cells with NMC chemistry, featuring Ford’s proprietary battery control algorithm. The Nickel content in the cells will be high – 88%. The company claims that IonBoost+ will deliver the highest energy density for any cell of its type.
Ford Model e
Ford has reorganized its operations to speed up and smoothen the transition to EVs. The company has formed three new divisions, one for passenger EVs, one for passenger internal combustion engine vehicles, and one for all commercial vehicles, called Ford Model e, Ford Blue, and Ford Pro, respectively.
Ford Model e will take a “clean-sheet approach to designing, launching, and scaling, high-volume EVs,” presumably including the new electric truck. Ford felt confident about creating a separate passenger EV division after the success of small, mission-driven internal teams that shaped some of its headline-making models in recent years like the second-gen GT, the Mustang Mach-E SUV, and the F-150 Lightning. Ford Pro will manage the commercial and governmental customers of ICE and all-electric Ford vehicles, offering them vehicles, charging, software, financing, services, and support.
Release Date: 2025
Price: Around USD 50,000
Ford Ranger Electric
The next-generation Ford Ranger was revealed late last year sporting a design inspired by the Ford F-150. Ford plans to have all commercial vehicles in Europe zero-emissions capable by 2024. Given that the Ranger is Europe’s best-selling pickup truck, plug-in hybrid and electric variants on the Ranger should be a no-brainer by mid-decade.
In addition, the Ford TE1 platform (discussed in the previous section) will spawn a mid-size pickup truck in the United States, Hau Thai-Tang, Chief Product Platform, and Operations Officer at Ford confirmed. The Ranger is listed as the Blue Oval’s mid-size pickup offering stateside.
According to an Automotive News report, Ford also wants dealers to make changes in the way they conduct business to streamline the transition to EVs. For one, the company wants them to sell electric vehicles at non-negotiable prices, at the MSRP mentioned on the sticker. Another change, and this one is in favor of dealers, is maintaining no vehicle inventory, which may significantly reduce their investment in facilities and bring down operating costs.
Release Date: The Ford Ranger EV should be launched by the end of 2025, given Ford’s commitment to have its commercial vehicles electrified by that time.
Price: The Ranger Electric truck should be priced below the F-150 Lightning, which starts at USD 40,000. Expect a circa-USD 32,000 starting price for the Ranger EV.
Toyota Tacoma EV
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has confirmed that it plans to launch an electric truck this decade, and there’s a good chance that would happen within the first half. The company unveiled 17 Toyota and Lexus EV models in a mega-surprise EV strategy event in December 2021, and one of them was an electric pickup. Simply called ‘Toyota Pickup EV,’ the concept vehicle looked very close to a Tacoma. We assume that the Toyota Tacoma Electric is a part of eight or more lifestyle EV models TMC plans to release this decade.
The Tacoma EV should be more advanced than the ICE Tacoma with better tech features. Woven Planet Holdings, a TMC subsidiary, is developing a vehicle software platform called Arene. TMC may use this newly developed software on the Tacoma EV. The company says that Arene will allow delivering new ideas to customers as quickly as possible.
Release Date: By 2025 (expected)
Price: USD 30,000-35,000 (expected)
Hyundai electric truck
Seeing the popularity of electric truck models like the Cybertruck and the F-150 Lightning, and motivated by the success of its first pickup, the Santa Cruz, Hyundai is reportedly planning to launch a fully-electric model. This could be a Hyundai Santa Cruz EV, as several media reports have claimed since last year.
Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) President and CEO Jaehoon Chang may have hinted at a Hyundai electric truck at the company’s 2022 CEO Investor Day. Below is what he said while talking about the upcoming Hyundai electric vehicles:
By segment, we plan to launch 3 sedans, 6 SUVs, 1 small-sized commercial vehicle, and 1 other new vehicle type in the future.Jaehoon Chang, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor Company (2022 CEO Investor Day on March 2, 2022)
The “other new type vehicle type” Chang spoke of was probably the electric pickup truck. Further, while talking about standardizing software architecture in the HMC’s EVs, Chang showed an outline of the pickup in a presentation slide. Normally, one would use the graphic to represent the variety of applications, but that might not be the case here.
The slide shows Hyundai’s current types of EVs with a high number of controllers in the “AS-IS” box and the company’s future EVs with fewer controllers in the “TO-BE” box. Apparently, the Hyundai EV family with the current EV technology that requires a high number of controllers will include hatchback, SUV, and pickup models, and with the new EV technology that reduces the number of controllers, grow to include electric sports car and crossover models in the future.
Release Date: By 2030
Bespoke Kia electric truck
At Kia’s 2022 CEO Investor Day, Ho Sung Song, its President and CEO, didn’t pull any punches. He announced that Kia will launch a bespoke electric pickup truck. The company wants to build a line-up of 14 electric vehicles, as against the previously announced 11, and the dedicated Kia electric pickup is one of the three newly confirmed models.
Release Date: 2026
Strategic Kia electric truck
Where the dedicated electric truck could serve the U.S. and Canada, and maybe even European countries, while for emerging markets, a low-cost and less-advanced pickup could suit the requirements of customers. One of the three additional Kia EVs confirmed this year is an “emerging market EV pickup,” Kia’s President and CEO Ho Sung Song added in his 2022 CEO Investor Day speech.
Release Date: 2026
Audi electric truck
Audi may soon enter uncharted waters after CEO Markus Duesmann told Autocar on March 17, 2022, that the brand is looking into the possibility of an electric pickup. The CEO confirmed that Audi would present ‘something’ shortly, possibly a concept to gauge customer reaction. Autocar speculates that the German luxury carmaker can benefit from parent company VW’s resources. The incoming VW Amarok is based on the the Ford Ranger as part of a strategic partnership between the American and German brands.
Given that Audi will take its time to launch the product, the electric truck may use VW’s MEB or PPE platforms. It could also benefit from Ford’s technical expertise in the pickup truck domain. However, don’t expect the Audi pickup to be a workhorse. Not to say that it won’t be capable, but it’s likely to be a Rivian R1T rival, something that’s luxurious and lifestyle-oriented.
VW Amarok Electric
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is considering a VW Amarok Electric version for the future. As the market for electric pickups heats up, VWN wants a piece of the pie and is looking at strengthening its collaboration with Ford for the truck. “We’re looking at a pure electric version,” Lars Krause, VWN BoM member responsible for marketing, said during the next-gen Amarok presentation in Wolfsburg, Germany. The company is considering releasing an Amarok even within the next generation, Krause added.
VWN could technically offer the next-gen Amarok as a PHEV, but the company is “looking more towards a full electric version,” Krause told Drive. An Amarok EV is “seriously” under consideration, Krause is quoted saying to the Australian publication. The marketing chief said that the company would need to modify certain elements, but technically, a battery-powered 100% electric variant is also possible. The all-new Ranger’s global chief engineer, Ian Foston, has also confirmed to Drive that the platform can accept a pure electric powertrain.
Release Date: By 2025
Scout electric truck (VW Group brand)
On May 11, 2022, Volkswagen Group announced a new electric truck and a new electric SUV (‘RUV’ in Volkswagen Group speak) for the U.S. under a new electrified brand called ‘Scout.’ The company says Scout models will be designed, engineered, and manufactured in the U.S. A separate, independent company will handle the Scout brand. Scott Keogh will be the President and CEO of the independently established Scout company. Currently, Keogh is the President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) and the CEO of Volkswagen North American Region.
The first two Scout models will debut in prototype (concept) form in 2023 and enter production in 2026. Below is what Klaus Zyciora, Volkswagen Group’s Design Head, said while teasing the new electric pickup and SUV models along with a caption that signals the comeback of Scout:
America is big and the same counts for trucks. Digitalization and electrification are conquering the core territories now, Scout is remembered for inventing timeless icons like the Scout II. To bring a true icon back and its design to life is a challenging task and a great honor. The journey of Scout is about to start.Klaus Zyciora, Head of Volkswagen Group Design on LinkedIn (On May 11, 2022)
The VW Scout electric truck would have a longer wheelbase than the electric SUV, but the core design elements would be the same. The teaser of the pickup conveys that the proposal is an off-road-ready vehicle, sporting an upright front, an extremely short front overhang, a high, flat hood, and a sleek and angular greenhouse. Vertical tail lamps, clean and smooth surfacing on the sides, circular wheel arches, and aero wheels complete the look. There’s a good chance that we’re seeing the concept version, but the production electric truck probably might not be far off.
Johan De Nysschen, Volkswagen Group North American Region’s COO, had said that a Scout-branded electric SUV is a potential product for the region, as per a WardsAuto report dated September 28, 2021. De Nysschen had hinted that the SUV could be a tough-looking model similar to the Rivian R1S. Just a day before he revealed the intent, Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter had said at IAA 2021 that an electric SUV with “extreme off-road ability” is in the works.
On March 15, 2022, The Wall Street Journal had reported that Keogh proposed the idea of a VW electric truck to the Volkswagen Group in 2021. He received backing from Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess and other top executives for the idea, and Wolfsburg could reach a final decision about the same by the middle of this year.
On April 15, 2022, Business Insider reported Keogh saying that Volkswagen Group of America is “actively looking at” an electric truck. The company sees the potential VW electric truck as “the chance of a lifetime” as the brand gradually transitions to EVs.
VinFast electric truck
A VinFast electric truck could be a potential future model from the Vietnamese brand that will enter the U.S. market by the end of 2022. Asked if VinFast will consider selling an electric pickup, Craig Westbrook, the company’s Chief Service Officer in the U.S., said that it wants to serve what the market needs, as per a report Reuters published on June 24, 2022.
VinFast was likely considering a gas-powered pickup a few years ago. On January 14, 2019, it had filed an industrial design application with drawings of such a model at the Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam. It’s a bold design that looks suitable for an electric truck of the new decade. Filippo Perini, who was then the Head of Design at Italdesign, had created the design.
Should VinFast launch an electric truck in the U.S., it would have to be a locally manufactured model for obvious reasons. The company could make it at the upcoming EV plant in Chatham County’s Triangle Innovation Point megasite in North Carolina. It plans to start production at this factory in July 2024 with an expected annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles.
SsangYong electric pickup truck
In 2021, SsangYong Motor launched the Korando e-Motion, a compact electric SUV, marking its entry into the EV segment. Chung,Yong-won, the company’s court-appointed manager, has said that it will launch a mid-size electric SUV in the second half of 2023 and an electric pickup truck in the second half of 2024, as per a report The Investor published on July 6, 2022. The SsangYong electric pickup truck could compete with the strategic (low-cost) Kia electric pickup truck and the rumored Hyundai Santa Cruz EV. If launched in Europe, it could be a budget alternative to the Ford Ranger EV.
Study shows 43% interested in owning electric pickups
A research project conducted by CarGurus (pdf file), an automotive research firm based out of Massachusetts, Boston, has concluded that 43% of pickup truck owners wish to own an electric pickup truck within the next ten years. The firm studied 1,026 pickup truck owners for its Pick Up Truck Sentiment Q4 2021 survey, where owners spoke about brands, prices, electric pickups, and the Covid-19 impact.
In the Favorite Tech Truck category, 45% of owners voted for the Tesla Cybertruck, and only 19% vouched for the Rivian R1T. Interest in electric trucks has sharply risen. 34% were interested in buying an electric truck in 2020, but now 43% are hoping to own one before 2031. Half of these owners were millennials between 25-39 years of age. The study also says that demand has remained high for electric and ICE-powered pickups despite tricky economic conditions.
The report also sheds light on brand perceptions. It says, “Rivian has a long way to go with consumer awareness and perceptions,” while Tesla is known to be the “industry tech leader.” Other brands also have plenty of growth potential, according to CarGurus, as buyers showed flexibility towards electric trucks like the Ford F-150 Lightning or Chevrolet Silverado EV.
Featured image: Ford