Opening the (Tail)Gate: Electric pickups to start arriving later this year

Depending on where you drive in the Midwest, you may see more cars than trucks. Or trucks than cars. And in some places, you’ll see lots and lots of trucks. Everything from rusty work trucks that don’t know how to quit to decked out, option-packed beauties that will never carry a single thing in its bed, and everything in between. And this year you might see some new kinds of trucks on the roads near you.

These new trucks are quiet, can handle getting off road, can be put to work and might just look like nothing you’ve seen before. They all have one thing in common – they are all electric.

Rivian R1T & R1S

The first deliveries of Rivian’s R1T and R1S trucks are expected later this year. You might have watched an early prototype of the R1T on the show “The Long Way Up.” The R1T is a pickup truck about the size of a Chevy Colorado or Ford Ranger. The R1S is the SUV version, with capacity to fit seven passengers. Rivian has designed and engineered its trucks to be comfortable off the beaten path. It has a range of more than 300 miles on a single charge to ease worries about getting too far off that beaten path. Rivian trucks are made in Normal, Ill.

F-150 Lightning

Ford’s announcement of the F-150 Lighting comes hot on the heels of the new Mustang Mach-E’s release.  The Lightning will be a full-size pickup with all-wheel drive capable of towing just under 8,000 lbs. The standard range model will have a range of roughly 230 miles, while the extended range model will have an estimated range of 300 miles. The standard model Lightning costs a little under $40,000, while the extended range model costs just under $50,000. The extended range Lariat and Platinum Lighting models brings another game changing feature with it – Vehicle to Load (V2L) capabilities. With Ford’s Charge Station Pro, the Lightning can be used to power part of your home (up to 9.6 kW of power) in the event of a loss of power using the truck’s battery pack. It’s a pickup truck that doubles as a backup generator!

Hummer EV

This new Hummer will be able to hold its own with plenty of horsepower (1,000 to be specific) and speed (0 to 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds). And if you are looking for luxury, there is no shortage of that either: premium interior finishes, removable roof panels, Bose audio system and Super Cruise driver-assistance packages are available. The Hummer EV comes with an estimated 350 miles of range as well. Production of the first edition models is expected to begin later this fall.


If the Rivian and Hummer EV trucks are a little too fancy for your taste, a Bollinger might be the electric truck for you. Similar to the Rivian, Bollinger offers pickup and SUV versions of its electric truck. The B2 pickup model can carry cargo up to 16 feet long thanks to its bed length, and full-length passthrough space that runs through the cab, and into the “frunk.” While the Bollinger doesn’t boast the same long range as the other electric trucks, its estimated 200-mile range should be more than enough to get from the house to the field, into town and back home with plenty of range to spare. Bollinger is hoping to start production on new models by the end of the year.

Tesla Cybertruck

While its debut was recently delayed until next year, it is pretty safe to say that Tesla’s Cybertruck is a different take on what a truck looks like. Fortunately, the functionality is still there. It has a high ground clearance, more than 7,000 pounds of towing capacity, and a 6.5-foot-long bed with a tailgate. The Cybertruck is expected to have a range of about 250 miles, putting it between the range of the Rivian and the Bollinger trucks. The Cybertruck is expected to be the most affordable electric truck model.

There are even more electric truck models in the planning stages for future release. When the new Rivians, Hummer EV, Bollingers and Cybertruck are finally available, you can see how they compare to other trucks by visiting our EV Tools. You also can visit your local electric co-op’s website or contact your co-op’s energy advisor to learn more about preparing your home for an electric vehicle.