Don’t laugh too much about the thought of owning an electric pickup.
A major OEM told Hard Working Trucks that they’ll be producing one soon.
But it’s nothing new. Starting in the late 1990s, both Chevy and Ford produced fleet-focused and short-lived electric S-10s and Rangers respectively. (Lead acid batteries initially powered the trucks, followed by better-performing and lighter nickel cadmium.)
And really, if you want to dive deeper into the subject, take a look at the U.S. Postal Service and its ongoing efforts to test and regularly use electric postal vehicles going back to the late 1800s. UPS has also had a long history of using electric delivery vehicles going back to the 1930s.
As technology marches on, vast improvements in battery energy density coupled with much shorter charge times are making electric powertrains better candidates for the more demanding pickup segment. Cost parity is also fast-approaching with UPS announcing in 2018 its deal with Workhorse to produce electric trucks at a cost roughly equal to conventional vehicles without subsidies–yes, you heard that right. No help from Uncle Sam.
For your convenience–okay, for ours too–we’ve rounded up HWT stories focusing on electric pickups. Just click on a headline to learn more.