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 the idea of electric vans, the next big event horizon for light commercial vehicles may be electric pickup trucks. 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 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 (4x4) 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 – though there are some Chinese electric pickup trucks as well – which is why it might some time before we see many electric pickup trucks in the UK.

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, and typically cost less to run and are cheaper to service.

More than this though, electric power gives pickup makers 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.

Even so, meeting the 1,000kg (1.0-tonne) payload rating required for light commercial vehicle tax purposes may be tricky for the size of pickup we’re used to seeing here.

In addition to this there are 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. Tesla Cybertruck (2021)

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.

Will it come to the UK? Yes, you can pre-order one on the Tesla UK website now

2. GMC Hummer EV SUT electric pickup truck (2021)

Electric pickup truck UK - GMC Hummer electric pickup truck, sand dunes

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 there will, predictably, 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.

Driving range is said to be over 350 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.

3. Rivian R1T electric pickup truck (2021)

Electric pickup truck UK - Rivian R1T going sideways off-road

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

First US customer deliveries are set for June 2021, and 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, priced from around £70,000.

4. Lordstown Motors Endurance electric pickup truck (2021)

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 is available to pre-order in the USA now with prices starting at $52,500 (around £38,000).

Lordstown Motors Corp claims the Endurance has the fewest moving parts of any motor vehicle, thanks its use of four ‘in hub’ electric motors, fitted inside the wheels. As well as creating an electric 4x4 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.

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

5. Bollinger B2 electric pickup truck (2021)

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). Prices start at around £100,000.

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

6. Atlis XT electric pickup truck (2022)

Electric pickup truck UK - Atlis XT, front 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.

7. 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.

Ford has now revealed it will be called the F-150 Lightning, but exact technical details are still scarce. However, it will have dual motors and more power than any previous F-150. Prototypes have been videoed towing freight trains.

There is no driving range info or performance details yet. But we do know the space under the bonnet where the engine would usually be is being redeployed for storage.

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

8. Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup truck (2023)

Electric pickup truck UK - Chevrolet Silverado will be sold as electric pickup truck

The Silverado is Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford F-150, so it’s probably no surprise that a Chevy electric pickup truck based on this has also been announced. Especially as Chevrolet is part of the same family of companies as the GMC Hummer – the electric Silverado is set to be built in the same factory, too.

There’s not a great deal of detail beyond this at this stage – not even the exact on-sale date is known. But Chevrolet is on record claiming a 400-mile range, and the Silverado electric is planned to be sold as a pure working truck as well as fancy lifestyle models.

Will it come to the UK? No way.

9. Hercules Alpha electric pickup truck (2023)

Electric pickup truck UK - Hercules Alpha, front view

You can file this one under pipe dream at the moment, but it works in a fairly amusing sequence with the Nissan below, so let’s roll with it. The Hercules Alpha is set to be the product of another US electric pickup start-up, this one based in Michigan.

Power output is up to a claimed 1,000hp (from ‘select motor configurations’), torque is said to be 1,085Nm and the Alpha has up to four motors – one per wheel. A 300-mile driving range is proposed, 0-60mph is set to take 4.0 seconds, payload is 1,134kg and towing capacity 5,670kg.

What’s making us laugh is that the official images are clearly photoshopped pictures of the Nissan Titan…

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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

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

2022 VW Amarok design sketch - may come with hybrid-electric or full-electric power

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.

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.

Will they come to the UK? Definitely.

Also read:

>> Best pickups in the UK

>> Best electric vans in the UK

>> Electric van guide

>> Electric vans coming soon