When Will Toyota Have an Electric Pickup Truck?

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Toyota has been selling electric cars since the original Prius that arrived in 1997. However, the automaker hasn’t introduced the technology to their pickup line. But that’s about to change in the coming months.

In a launch event in Shanghai, Toyota revealed a new BZ sub-brand for electrified vehicles while previewing the battery-electric crossover expected on the market in the coming year. Furthermore, the company stated that it has plans to launch battery-electric and hybrid pickup trucks in the future.

What Companies Are Disrupting the Car Business With Electric Trucks?

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Believe it or not, electric pickup trucks are here.

From Toyota to General Motors and Tesla to Ford, these major players in the automobile industry have dropped a large sum of money in developing Electronic Vehicles (EVs). However, you won’t be able to drive any of these companies’ trucks until at least the fall of 2022.

Toyota has promised to turn into a carbon-neutral company by 2050, and this comes as no surprise now that the Biden administration is pushing for the same.

Below are some trucks produced by these major automobile companies disrupting the conventional car business with electric trucks.

2022 Toyota Tundra EV

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Toyota launched the original Toyota Tundra in 1999 as the second full-sized pickup built by the Japanese manufacturer (the first full-sized pickup was the Toyota T100).

The manufacturer has embraced a modern look with the new electric truck for off-road use. Furthermore, the truck comes partially electrified, boosting its operational performance when towing heavy loads.

Even though the 2022 Toyota Tundra has embraced a more stylish look, the major revolution is under the hood, and perhaps, that’s the most desirable feature buyers will find amusing about the vehicle. In addition to the conventional fuel-powered engine, the company has also included a hybrid Powertrain. This fuses the torque and efficiency of an electric motor with the organic power of the internal engine.

Moreover, the new Tundra comes with a turbocharged 389 two-cylinder horsepower with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. 

We expect the vehicle to go on sale later this year (2021). However, the delivery date, pricing, and exact fuel consumption standard are yet to be confirmed. Most interestingly, the company has revealed that the truck’s structure comes in handy when towing heavy loads.

2022 GMC Hummer EV

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General Motors Hummer brand discontinued in 2010 and has made a comeback with an all-electric truck as a sub-brand of GMC. The Hummer will first appear as an electric truck and later on as an SUV.

With 1000 horsepower from its top Powertrain preference that operates on three electric motors, the engine allows a rated range of up to 350 miles per single charge and soars to 60 mph in 3.0 secs. 

The truck also has removable roof panels, a moderate four-wheel steering feature that allows you to drive diagonally, and an optional air suspension.

If you asked anybody, Hummer is an old name. However, the new Hummer EV comes as a new model within the automobile’s lineup.

We expect the truck to go on sale by the beginning of 2022, with the ‘Edition 1’ model becoming available first since it’s the most expensive. The less expensive version of the truck will launch later on.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV

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According to the company, over 160,000 reservations have been made for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. Stats released by the Dearborn automaker reveal that the forthcoming truck will enhance Ford’s market share in the EV sector and probably generate a lot of revenue for the company.

The new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning showcases many fascinating aspects absent in other EVs or F-150s alike. If you get a power outage in your home, the truck’s battery can double up as a power source for up to 10 days.

Furthermore, as of now, the truck is Ford’s fastest, with a quick 0-60 mph in a time of 4.4 seconds.

We expect the truck to go on sale by the spring of 2022, though it’s unclear if people will make their purchases at that same time.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado EV

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The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado EV comes with a fairly large battery pack that goes up to 400 miles per single charge. The truck also features three electric motors depending on trim with a standard all-wheel drive.

Since the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado EV will share an assembly line with the 2022 Hummer EV, the two will probably share a Powertrain. That means that there will be one, two, or three electric motors depending on trim, with a combined horsepower of 1000 hp. 

We expect the truck to go on sale by early 2023, rivaling the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning or the 2022 Hummer EV.

2022 Atlis XT

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The 2022 Atlis XT features superior towing capabilities and a large interior that can host up to six occupants. The truck’s electric motor connects each wheel with a single-speed transmission while sending power to each. It also comes with other features such as an air spring braking system and four-wheel steering.

With a maximum hauling capability of 35,000 lbs, the truck can accelerate up to 100 km/h in 5 secs with a top speed capped at 200 km/h.

According to the company, the 2022 Atlis XT can go up to 500 miles per single charge using the largest battery. The owners can pick from a 300, 400, or 500-mile battery pack that varies from 125 kWh up to 250 kWh capacity. 

We expect the truck to go on sale by early 2022 with a payload of up to 5,000 pounds, which is relatively high.

Automakers have recently embraced electric technology in modern trucks, and we should be seeing them on the market relatively soon. If you are looking for a new truck in the coming years, this list of electric truck options should be on the top of your wishlist.