Why Electric Pickup Trucks Are Not Taking Off
I asked this question to pickup truck groups and EV forums online and here are some interesting replies I received. I am sharing them below as they are.
Battery weight would lower payload capacity, and/or would cost too much for most people to justify buying. Note that those problems can be fixed. But it'll take time.
Well, there's Workhorse, so hopefully we'll see more in the next 5 years or so. This year in May Workhorse unveiled its plug-in electric W-15 pickup truck. It is expected to have a price tag of $52,000 and 60 kWh battery pack. They say it will get up to 80 miles on all-electric mode.
The cars are one thing. But try hauling a bunch of weight. You'll have to recharge that damn thing every 20 miles. Less if it's hills around you.
Tesla cannot turn a profit. How much longer will they last? Not forever unless they get millions more in gov grants.
Well it's been done. I've seen a few Ford pickup conversions and electric buses and large vans, as well as semi truck concepts. But I think that the stigmas will not win over manly man truck owners immediately
Havelaar is working on a Bison, (see this story's main image), which is expected to get 186 miles per charge. But also there is the new Bollinger B1 all-electric pickup, which is crazy fast, has a range of 220 miles and built for off-road.
The amount of run-time on a charge, Teslas are more or less for commuting. Trucks are for working and get driven alot more
Ford is actually building a Hybrid F-150 and Mustang within the next couple years. Here is a good story examining the hybrid possibilities of Ford F-150.
I'm gonna guess that weight is the issue. To get enough torque for a truck, large or small, you need more batteries. More batteries means more weight, which decreases the efficiency of the batteries. I'm sure the technology will catch up in a few years, hopefully less.
Nope. Not weight. Via Motor has one. And if Volvo can make an electric tractor freight truck, a pickup is doable. It's just the stupid mentality of pickup owners that wont make it viable before long.
How would they be useless for towing? The Tesla Model s makes more torque than an F650. I think the only issue would be battery life if you're towing long hauls. However, I think an electric hybrid setup would be awesome. Electric motors to assist with torque up hills and things like that, but on flat ground it's just running off the piston engine which is also charging the batteries for the electric. Imagine an electric motor similar to what's in a model S paired together with an ecoboost. Just adding the numbers together, you get 775hp and 1280lb ft of torque. That's deep into built diesel territory.
Hybrid isn't the problem, full electric would be. I wouldn't buy any electric vehicle, I don't want to plan my outings based on run time and charging station availability.
Electrick pickup trucks would actually make a lot of sense if people would keep their trucks out of mud and high water, the maintenance on the electric motors would be hell on you if you used it in that manner. Electric motors actually have instant torque. Ideally, if you were to have an electric pickup, it would be electric powered by a diesel generator like a locomotive. A locomotive can move a ton of cargo 432 miles on 1 gallon of diesel. It's just a matter of bringing down the size to function for a consumers use.
What do you think? If you are an EV or truck enthusiast when do you think EV pickup trucks would become popular among truck users? What are the possibilities and when?