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Loads, Tows and How Far You Can Go. What you need to know about Electric Pickup Trucks

With the age of electric upon us, it’s no surprise that automakers are shifting their focus from internal combustion vehicles to electrifying their entire line-ups. We’ve seen everything from compact cars and sedans to SUVs, so it’s no surprise that pickup trucks are making their debut in the land of EVs. 

There is a lot more to consider for pickup truck lovers when looking at electric trucks. Driving clean and saving on maintenance and high gas prices is a given, but what about towing capacity and torque? 

Electric pickup trucks coming to the market will not disappoint even the toughest of critics. They offer high towing values, versatility, incredible performance, and solid payload ratings. Some are even designed to be extreme off-roaders for the adventurous/environmentally conscious driver.

Benefits of Electric Pickup Trucks


With a fuel-powered engine, power is limited by a fixed combustion temperature, energy loss during combustion and, of course, the amount of fuel that is accessible. If you want more power, you need a bigger engine, fuel tank, or boosting power. Sounds expensive, right? On the other hand, electricity is virtually weightless (battery notwithstanding), more energy-dense and a lot cheaper. In the long run, electric trucks can go the distance on the road and the bank account. 

Torque On-Demand

Torque is the most critical factor in towing and navigating rugged terrain. Like efficiency, one of the most significant drawbacks of gas-powered vehicles is energy loss. Combustion results in losing quite a bit of energy in the process of, well, combusting. To access torque, you need to increase your RPMs which in turn escalates the rate/frequency of combustion. This also sounds like gas $$ flying out the window. With no combustion, electric motors lose virtually no energy. What that means is that power is immediately accessible in electric pickup trucks. Bonus? That power stays there even as speed increases.

Tow Capacity and Payload

To tow, you need torque. Gas motors are great for high-speed performance but are not good at producing high torque levels. Diesel-powered pickup trucks are much better at torque but lack agility and speed. When towing is the goal, electric batteries are made for it. Electric pickup trucks can perform amazingly well, even with a load in the back.  For example, the Rivian R1T can pull 11,000 pounds and carry a payload of 1,760 lbs. The upcoming all-electric Chevy Silverado will tow 10,000 lbs with a load of 1,300 lbs. Properly equipped, the Ford F-150 Lightning can also tow 10,000 lbs with a 2,235lbs payload. And get this, The Tesla Cybertruck can pull a whopping 14,000 lbs and carry a cargo of 3,500lbs.   


You might be thinking, this all is great. But how far can I go before I need to charge? Electric pickup trucks range from 400-650km depending on the make and model. Yes, you need to consider charging, but you will save money on gas maintenance.

With so many upcoming cool and capable electric pickup trucks on the horizon, there is something for every need, taste, and budget. Keep your eye on for electric pickup trucks that work for you. We’re here to help!