Best electric pickup trucks coming soon

  • All the best future electric pickup trucks detailed and explained
  • Includes info about electric pickups that might be coming to the UK
  • Soon all pickups will need to be at least part-electric to meet emission regulations

Now we’re used to electric vans, the next big step change for light commercial vehicles will be electric pickup trucks. These have taken a big step forward with the introduction of the Ford F-150 Lightning, which has just had a higher-than-expected official driving range confirmed and is receiving glowing reviews in the United States.

Sensing an opportunity, the Volkswagen Group has now confirmed its plans to enter the electric pickup market, resurrecting the defunct Scout brand in the process. However, Chinese brand Maxus, which has been making big strides with its vans of late, might well steal a march on the pair of them as its T90 EV could be the first electric truck to make it to these shores.

This page lists all the electric pickups that are on the way, and gives guidance on whether they are coming to the UK.

Why aren’t there any electric pickups on sale in the UK yet?

Electric pickups are taking longer to go on sale because building them is a trickier task than electrifying a van. Existing four-wheel drive (4×4) systems are usually in the way, and the weight of the batteries may be a cause for payload concerns here in the UK.

As a result, there are lots of new brands entering the electric pickup market, using revolutionary ‘skateboard’ style chassis designs which put all of the components into a platform that can have different bodies on top – including a pickup body.

Almost all of these are focused on the USA – and though there are some Chinese electric pickup trucks as well, many of them won’t make it to the UK any time soon. Or ever.

What are the advantages of an electric pickup?

As well as producing zero emissions when driving – which is great for air quality – electric vehicles have plenty of torque, the muscle that gets loads moving. Most of the electric pickups below take advantage of this to deliver huge performance and capability.

Electric motors are also much quieter than conventional diesel and petrol engines, improving refinement. They also typically cost less to run and are cheaper to service.

More than this though, electric power gives pickup makers the opportunity to rethink conventional design ideas – and you’ll see some examples of this below.

What are the disadvantages of an electric pickup?

Weight is likely to be a problem – though there’s a special arrangement for alternatively fuelled light commercial vehicles in the UK that increases the allowed maximum gross vehicle weight to 4,250kg (4.25 tonnes) for exactly this reason, it only applies in certain circumstances.

Besides, meeting the 1,000kg (1.0-tonne) payload rating required of pickups by UK light commercial vehicle tax rules may still be tricky for the size of pickup we’re used to seeing here. Batteries are heavy so will take up that vital weight allowance,

In addition to this there are the usual driving range and charging issues that face all electric vehicles. Some quite complex engineering solutions may be required, too. This won’t help electric pickup prices – which were already set to be higher than for diesel models.

Electric pickups coming soon

1. Rivian R1T electric pickup truck (2022)

Electric pickup truck UK - Rivian R1T driving off-road

Rivian may not be a household name but this Californian electric vehicle firm has major backers – including Amazon and Ford. Its new all-electric pickup, the Rivian R1T, has been used as support vehicle in the ‘Long Way Up’ television show alongside the electric motorbikes ridden by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. It is the real deal.

Now on sale in the USA, priced from $67,500 (around £50,000), eventually the R1T range will include models that offer between 250 and 400 miles of driving range per charge. The headline spec uses Quad Motor technology – four motors, one for each wheel – providing 750hp and 1,120Nm, and 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds.

Towing capacity is said to be nearly 5,000kg (5.0 tonnes), and as well as the traditional pickup load bed, the Rivian electric pickup truck has underfloor storage and ‘gear tunnels’ for other kit – including a bespoke camping kitchen – just behind the cab.

Will it come to the UK? Yes, this is the plan, starting probably in 2022/2023, priced from around £70,000.

2. Radar EV electric pickup truck (2022)

Geely Radar EV electric pickup truck

You might not have heard of Radar but you may well have heard of Geely. The Chinese giant owns many brands including Volvo and it looks to be launching another one with this new electric truck.

There are few details around about it at the moment but according to a Geely spokesperson there isn’t long to wait until it goes on sale – deliveries are set to start in China in late summer/early autumn 2022.

Will it come to the UK? The chances of it coming to the UK are fairly slim, as Geely doesn’t have a presence of its own here yet, so the likelihood of a new brand coming with a standalone electric truck are not particularly high

3. Maxus T90 EV electric pickup truck (2022/3)

Maxus T90EV electric pickup - front view, white, at CV Show

Breaking up the ranks of American trucks is the Maxus T90 EV, an all-electric version of the regular Maxus T90 that you can already buy. If you live in China. Both versions launched into the market there in 2021, with the non-electric version powered by a twin-turbo diesel with up to 215hp.

You don’t get quite that much power from the electric model, which uses a single 130kW (177hp) electric motor. As you can imagine, this doesn’t give the performance of some of the hero trucks here, but with a chunky 88.55kWh battery pack, it should be good for a WLTP-confirmed range of 198 miles – cheekily that is the city range, though.

Expect the overall average range to be a little lower but the T90 does have some impressive extra qualities, like rapid charging in 45 minutes. Given the competitive nature of Maxus vans, expect it to be keenly priced too.

There are some downsides though – it is rear-wheel drive only, which is good for range but bad for off-roading, and it only has a payload of 740kg, which means it doesn’t qualify for the commercial vehicle tax status. A version made its official UK debut at the 2022 CV Show.

Will it come to the UK? It is confirmed as doing so, and earlier than expected. Orders will open in August 2022 before deliveries kick off early in 2023.

4. Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck (2022)

The Ford F-150 is the bestselling vehicle of any type in the USA, and has been for decades. It’s a larger pickup than the Ford Ranger we get in the UK, and is in many ways Ford’s flagship model. No wonder, then, that the Blue Oval is launching a 100% electric version.

Called the Ford F-150 Lightning, it’s a dual-motor 4×4 with 563hp and 1,051Nm – more torque than any previous F-150. There are two battery options, and 150kW fast charging is available. The official driving range has now been announced at 230 or 320 miles per charge.

More than this, though, it can offload power as well – not just for tools but potentially an entire house. For three days. Payload is slightly limited at 907kg, but it will tow nearly 4,536kg – and has been priced from just $39,974 (which is currently about £28,000). A real gamechanger.

Will it come to the UK? Unlikely; the F-150 has been imported privately before but is generally considered too big for UK roads.

5. GMC Hummer EV SUT electric pickup truck (2022)

Hummer, as you might remember, is a previously deceased all-American SUV brand, originally spun-off from the Humvee military vehicle. Now the Hummer name has been resurrected by parent company GMC as an all-electric brand.

There will be an SUV and a pickup – called SUT for Sports Utility Truck. The macho looks are modernised but familiar, and predictably there will be a huge amount of performance on offer. GMC is claiming 625-1,000hp and up to nearly 16,000Nm of torque (though this is sometimes measured strangely for electric vehicles). Result: 0-60mph in as little as 3.5 seconds.

Initial official driving range is 329 miles per charge, with other unusual features including a diagonal ‘crabwalk’ driving mode at low speeds and air suspension that can increase ground clearance by six inches. Prices range $79,995-$112,595 (around £58,000-£81,100).

Will it come to the UK? Probably not.

6. Lordstown Motors Endurance electric pickup truck (2022)

Electric pickup truck UK - Lordstown Motors Endurance

Another name you probably haven’t heard, and another American electric pickup start-up brand. This one is at once more modest and more radical than many of the others – and despite its relatively unknown nature. the Endurance is available to pre-order in the USA now with prices starting at $52,500 (around £38,000).

Said to have the fewest moving parts of any motor vehicle, it uses four ‘in hub’ electric motors, fitted inside the wheels. As well as creating an electric 4×4 pickup truck, these can drive each wheel independently. Collectively they deliver 600hp and over 2,700Nm of continuous torque – rising to nearly 6,000Nm peak.

Towing capability is rated at 3,400kg (slightly less than current diesel pickups). Driving range is said to be around 250 miles per charge. Lordstown Motors Corp has been experiencing difficulties, however, and recently revised production estimates down from 32,000 examples in 2022 to just 500.

Will it come to the UK? No official word on this yet, but seems unlikely.

7. Bollinger B2 electric pickup truck (2022)

Electric pickup truck UK - Bollinger B2, rear view

Bollinger has gotten quite a bit of press for its B1 SUV and B2 pickup models – no doubt in part due to the fact that they look like super-sized electric versions of the old Land Rover Defender. Despite this, they are new designs from a new firm in the USA, with a heavy focus on practicality and utility.

Sticking with the pickup – which will even be available as a ‘Chass-E’ chassis cab for conversions – you can ‘pass through’ the cab from the load bed into the front storage area. Ideal if you need to carry… telephone poles? May seem like a gimmick, but it’s a great example of how electric drive can offer interesting design innovation.

With one motor per axle, the B2 has 614hp, 906Nm and a driving range of ‘200+ miles’. It’s claimed payload rating of 2,267kg (over 2.2 tonnes) is very impressive, though it can tow only 3,400kg (3.4 tonnes). Priced from around £100,000, production was set to start before the end of 2021, but there’s no news that it has yet.

Will it come to the UK? UK customer deposits are being taken already.

8. Atlis XT electric pickup truck (2022)

Electric pickup truck UK - Atlis XT electric pickup prototype, side view

The Atlis XT is an American work-focused ‘full-size’ electric heavy duty pickup truck that uses a motor-per-wheel electric drive system. It stands out against all the other electric trucks listed here because it’s targeting a 500-mile driving range and promising new battery technology with a speedier charging time.

How speedy? The current claim is 15 minutes – with the promise it will take just five minutes in the future. Achieving this seems ambitious, but Atlis appears to be entirely serious, and has already set a starting price for the XT at $45,000 (around £32,500). For that you’ll get 300 miles of driving range; the full whack 500-mile model starts from $69,000 (around £50,000).

Power output is 600hp, torque 16,270Nm (again, one of those crazy EV figures). Payload is up to 2,267kg, while towing capacity is as much as 7,711kg. And Atlis reckons the XT will have a ‘million mile’ service life.

Is it coming to the UK? The company has no plans to sell the XT outside of the USA.

9. Tesla Cybertruck (2023)

Electric pickup truck UK - Tesla Cybertruck, front view, driving on racing circuit

If electric pickups have a posterchild it’s this, the Tesla Cybertruck. Crazy name, even crazier looks, it’s planned by probably the most famous electric car company in the world and makes some extraordinary performance claims.

The exterior is made from stainless steel, the glass is supposedly armoured (though the tech demo of that didn’t go so well), and it’s claimed to have a payload in excess of 1,500kg and towing capacity of up to 6,350kg. You’re probably going to need beyond an ordinary UK driving licence for that, however.

Single-motor, dual-motor and tri-motor versions of the Tesla electric pickup are planned, delivering 0-60mph in 6.5, 4.5 or 2.9 seconds. Driving range is said to be 250-500 miles, with the most powerful going the furthest. However, full production is now delayed until 2023.

Will it come to the UK? Not entirely clear, but the Tesla UK website will take a £100 deposit.

10. Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck (2023)

Best electric pickups - Chevrolet Silverado EV

The Silverado is Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford F-150, so no surprise that a Chevy electric pickup truck based on this is coming. Especially as Chevrolet is part of the same General Motors family of companies as the GMC Hummer – the electric Silverado will be built in the same factory.

Official details were revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2022, confirming not only that the Silverado will go into production in autumn 2023 but also the four-wheel steering system, 400-mile estimated driving range and powerful 660hp/1,057Nm electric drive system.

As a result, some versions will be able to tow over 9,000kg, while 0-60mph takes just 4.5 seconds. It also features smoothed over looks, a highly digital, screen-heavy interior – including fully integrated Google voice search (just say ‘Hey Google’, etc) – and a large panoramic glass roof.

Will it come to the UK? No way.

11. GMC Sierra Denali electric pickup truck (2023)

The third variant of General Motors electric truck to be based on the same technology as the GMC Hummer and Chevy Silverado EV will be an electric version of the GMC Sierra. Set to be sold exclusivly in the high-spec Denali trim level, this will target premium customers only.

Beyond the confirmation that the vehicle is planned – which came at the same time as the latest Silverado details at CES 2022 – GMC isn’t really saying a great deal about the specificaion of this model, but we can expect it to offer broadly the same capabilities as those other two electric pickups.

The official teaser video shows another smoothed-over exterior design and some fancy lighting, but not much more. Still, we can clearly anticipate a substantial driving range and plenty of power – including as a form of mobile generator for electric equipment.

Will it come to the UK? Even less likely than the Silverado EV

12. Hercules Alpha electric pickup truck (2023)

Electric pickup truck UK - Hercules Alpha, front view

We remain fairly cynical about this one – especially after comparing the image above with the Nissan one below – but Hercules has apparently got famous Italian design house Pininfarina onboard to design the final product, so perhaps we shouldn’t judge things too swiftly. There is also plenty of technical detail to go on.

The Alpha will be offered with one, two or four motors, with power output for the latter targeting 1,000hp and 1,085Nm; the single motor option should be good for 262hp and twin-motor version 550hp. The firm has dismissed in-hub motors as unreliable at this stage, but is investigating high-tech solid-state batteries.

A 350-mile driving range is expected from the four-motor, with 0-60mph in as little as 4.0 seconds. Payload claim is 1,134kg with towing capacity of 5,670kg. The powertrain will go on sale in a recreational boat first, with the pickup following in 2023. Expect to pay around $100,000.

Will it come to the UK? We’re going with no on this one.

13. Nissan Titan electric pickup truck (2023)

Electric pickup truck UK - Nissan Titan to be sold as electric pickup truck

So, largely just the rumour mill at the moment, but the word is Nissan is looking to build an electric version of its American-market pickup, the Titan. And that it’s planning to do so with help from… Hercules.

This would explain why the Alpha above is clearly a Titan in disguise, we suppose, as the potential deal is said to include Nissan providing conventional components for the Hercules pickup in exchange for electric tech to power the Titan.

That’s all the detail on this Nissan electric pickup we’ve got right now.

Will it come to the UK? No.

14. Alpha Wolf electric pickup truck (2023)

Alpha is – yes, you guessed it – another one of these American electric vehicle start-ups. The difference is that it seems to get its kicks out of a kind of retro aesthetic, and the Wolf pickup is no exception. Rather than look like a futuristic version of an ordinary modern truck it’s got a much more classic-looking style, helping it to win plenty of early friends.

There are two versions: the single-cab Wolf and the extended-cab Wolf Plus. Both are based around the same electric vehicle tech concept, promising single or dual motor drive systems and a driving range of 250-275+ miles per charge. No power outputs have been given, but 0-60mph is quoted at 5.9 seconds.

There’s no payload info, but Alpha says the Wolf will tow up to 3,050kg. Unlike most listed here, this is a small electric pickup, similar in size to UK and European models, so it wouldn’t feel too big over here. Pricing is set to start at $36,000 (around £26,000).

Will it come to the UK? Nothing has been announced, but at least it’s not too oversized to be over here.

15. Canoo electric pickup truck (2023)

Another more inventive piece of electric pickup design comes from Los Angeles-based electric vehicle brand, Canoo. This ditches the traditional big bonnet three-box shape for a truly cab-forward design, resulting in something that looks a lot more fresh and funky than most of the alternatives here.

The promised technical details include a slightly more sane-sounding 746Nm of torque, limited 200-mile range and an actually quite pathetic 816kg payload capacity. But perhaps that’s the price you pay for style. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models are planned, and there’s space onboard for just four people.

Still, at least when you look at Canoo’s website you can see actual prototypes of their other vehicles in testing. So it does at least feel as if there’s a real engineering team behind this one. Pre-orders are set to open early in 2021, and we’d certainly like to give it a try.

Will it come to the UK? Sadly unlikely.

16. Ford Ranger / Volkswagen Amarok hybrid electric pickup truck (2024)

New Ford Ranger - could it be sold as a hybrid?

Now, this isn’t confirmed but it’s highly likely that the next-generation Ford Ranger – which will also form the basis of the new VW Amarok – will come with some kind of electrified drivetrain. Whether they will be all-electric or the first electric hybrid pickup truck UK models remains to be seen, but electrification of some kind is almost certain.

Why is that? In part because Ford is already on record as saying its entire light commercial vehicle line-up will ‘zero emissions capable’ by 2024 – which implies at least a plug-in hybrid variant of every model, including the new Ranger – but also because emissions regulations are getting tighter and tighter. The official specifications of the new Ranger’s engine bay support this possibility, too.

Every pickup will almost certainly need to be at least part electric to meet them. Which suggests we will also be seeing electric Toyota Hilux and electric Isuzu D-Max models in the near future as well. Toyota already sells a hybrid version of the larger Tundra pickup truck in the USA.

Will they come to the UK? Definitely.

17. Ram 1500 EV electric pickup truck (2024)

Electric pickup truck UK - Ram 1500 EV screen grab from official video

Joining the ranks of important American trucks that have committed to electric variants is the Ram 1500. Ram is the Stellantis truck and van brand in the USA, and the 1500 model is a rival to the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado.

Everyone on that side of the pond is already amused at how late Ram is coming to the party – set to launch at least a year later than those major competitors. However, Stellantis is pitching this as an opportunity to ‘take notes’ on what everyone else is doing, and maybe improve on it.

The target is apparently 300-500 miles of ‘real world’ driving range, and charging capability of 20 extra miles per minute. Beyond that, your guess is as good as hours at this stage.

Will it come to the UK? Unlikely

18. Toyota electric pickup (2025)

Toyota Pickup EV - electric pickup concept

Toyota has now officially joined the electric pickup party, revealing a concept model in December 2021 simply called the Toyota Pickup EV. In fact, it was one of many new all-electric Toyotas unveiled at the same time.

There’s not a great deal more information at this stage – we don’t even know exactly what size of pickup it most closely matches up to, though the thinking is it’s a variant of the American market Tacoma or Tundra, rather than the Toyota Hilux we’re familiar with in the UK.

Expected on-sale date at this stage is 2025, but that’s also entirely speculative at moment. We’ll bring you more when we have it.

Will it come to the UK? Probably not. But an electric Hilux might…

19. SPI Energy Edison Future EF1-T electric pickup truck (2025)

SPI Energy is a Chinese energy firm, and it unveiled a prototype version of this Edison Future EF1-T electric truck at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2021, where it will also began taking customer reservations.

We’re not sure how many people took them up on the opportunity, but the plan is to sell the EF1-T in Standard single-motor, Premium two-motor and Super three-motor versions; claimed power output is 400hp, 690hp and 816hp, respectively, with 0-60mph in 6.5, 4.5 and 3.9 seconds. Driving range is reckoned to be up to 450 miles per charge.

The Edison Future has another trick feature, though – a folding load cover packed with solar panels that can help keep the batteries topped up. This ‘solar mosaic’ technology will provide a ‘stunning visual signature’ apparently, and 25-35 miles of extra range. In addition to the pickup, there’s also an EF1-V off-road van based on the same platform.

Will it come to the UK? We suspect not.

20. Volkswagen Scout electric pickup truck (2026)

Volkswagen Group to relaunch Scout brand with electric pickup and SUV - official teaser design sketch

In addition to the as-yet-unconfirmed electrified version of the next-generation Amarok mentioned above, the Volkswagen Group has confirmed that it plans to launch an electric pickup in the United States, albeit with something of a twist. Instead of using a VW badge, this new electric truck will resurrect the Scout marque, once famous in the USA.

The reborn Scout will also launch a ‘rugged-SUV’ model – and both will be 100% electric. VW clearly feels there is a market here, though whether it will be targeting the likes of the Ford Bronco and Lightning or the bigger, badder renewed Hummer range isn’t yet clear.

We we do know is ‘the electrified Scout brand will be built upon a new technical platform concept which brings new pickup and RUV credibility beyond the existing Volkswagen Group portfolio.’ So it won’t use the current MEB platform underpins the ID. Buzz Cargo electric van.

Will it come to the UK? No – the Scout brand will be designed and built in and for the American market only

21. Kia electric pickup truck(s) (2026)

Electric pickup trucks - Kia announces future plans

Not exactly a traditional player in the pickup market, nonetheless, according to an official video, Kia’s future electric vehicle strategy includes not one but two electric pickup truck models (not including the Bongo EV3 dropside already on sale in Korea).

One is described as a ‘dedicated electric pickup’, the other as a ‘strategic model for emerging markets’ – which is something we’ve not seen many other mainstream manufacturers talking about at this stage.

The company plan places the on-sale date for these electric Kia pickups as 2026, still some way off for now. As yet there’s no word on whether Hyundai (which does already sell a conventional pickup truck in the USA) will follow the same strategy, but as two parts of the same firm, the pair usually share development and technology.

Will they come to the UK? Too early to speculate