Electric Trucks - 2018 Update

Posted: November 29, 2018

In February of this year we published an overview of the electric (EV) pickup truck market. Less than a year later, enough has changed to warrant another blog post for an update. Unless otherwise stated, it’s safe to assume all trucks being brought to the market will have four wheel drive options and the ability to supply power for jobsite or other ‘off grid’ use. As with our earlier blog post, this is intended to be for informational purposes only and should not be considered an endorsement of any product or brand.

The year 2020 shows up for a lot of these manufacturers as their goal date to start deliveries. These numbers may be optimistic, and for fleet managers looking to the future might want to add in a bit of flexibility for the first couple years as the trucks work themselves to market.
Atlas XT Truck Pulling Trailer
Atlis XT - Source: www.atlismotorvehicles.com/press

Atlis Motor Vehicles is planning to offer a full range of pickup trucks, similar to what the ‘Big Three’ currently have available. The largest of these trucks has an 8-foot bed, dually rear wheels, and gooseneck towing capacity of 35,000 pounds. Unloaded ranges will be between 480 – 800 kilometers on a charge. They’re planning a high-power charging network, with stalls specifically set up for towing. They intend to start deliveries in 2020.

Bollinger Motors has introduced a boxy ‘no nonsense’ SUV and pickup truck. They each have a 120kWh battery pack and off-road optimized suspension. The truck has a pass through structure to allow long items to run through the cab, essentially from bumper to bumper. Prototypes will be built in 2019, with deliveries planned for 2020.  

The Havelaar Bison is smaller than most trucks on this list, slotting in the compact pickup slot. Built in Toronto, the Bison will be testing in 2019. A delivery date hasn’t been announced.
Rivian RT1 - Source: media.rivian.com

Rivian recently announced its R1T truck and companion R1S SUV. Battery capacity maxes out at 185 kWh, which is among the biggest currently planned and should be good for 640km. The truck is designed for off road work, with four independently controlled motors, high ground clearance, and a wading depth of three feet. Production is planned to start in 2020.

Tesla has announced plans for a pickup truck, and as the current leader in electric vehicle manufacturing their offering will be important to the market. Details are sparse, but a product reveal is expected in 2019.
Workhorse W-15 - Source: workhorse.com/media

The Workhorse W-15 is a plug-in hybrid electric, with an 128km electric range and a gasoline range extender. The truck is designed specifically for fleets, with built in safety lighting and an easy to clean interior. Payload capacity is 2,200 lbs and towing capacity is 5,000 lbs. Workhorse will likely be the first to market, with deliveries starting in 2019.

XL Hybrids offers the only plug-in pickup truck currently available in Canada, with their certified upfit of an F150. They promise a 50% fuel economy improvement, with no maintenance required on the electric components.

The ‘Big 3’ have made statements indicating that plug in trucks are part of their long term plans, but no details have been released. It is likely that they will be beat to market by smaller companies, which would be quite a change from how the pickup truck market has operated for most of the last century.

Honourable Mentions:

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid - Source: media.mitsubishicars.com; media.fcanorthamerica.com

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a currently available plug-in hybrid SUV that has proven to be a hit for many fleet operators. The Outlander can run on electricity for 54km, after which it switches to its gasoline engine to run like a conventional hybrid.

Chrysler’s Pacifica Hybrid offers an all-electric range of 51km, and has all the functionality that comes with the minivan structure. Unfortunately the hybrid option is only available in the top-level luxury trims, making It of limited use for fleets.

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