In the next two years, the largest transformation in the world of pickups will take place in just over a century of history. Since the appearance of the Ford Model TT in 1917, and soon after Chevrolet’s first pickup truck, what’s to come is likely to be the most important milestone in decades, perhaps only comparable to a key landmark in the last century: the birth of the Oval Series F in 1948.
The paradigm shift in mobility is about to fully impact the universe of cargo vehicles. Ford and General Motors, parent brands of pickups, already have their own models projected for the electric era, and in the case of the former it is nothing less than the F-150, the world’s best-selling truck. The interesting thing about this new stage of the automotive industry, aimed at exploring new technologies and engine alternatives, is that it brought into play start-ups outside the sector, but not with less promising solutions.
Since Tesla’s irruption with its flamboyant Cybertruck project, other firms have joined in with their electric pickup initiatives. All point to a horizon in two years to put them on the street in the exquisite United States market. But the future of a sector as exciting as its history can begin to palpitate.
The General Motors pickup for 2021 (and also the Hummer)
Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, recently confirmed that the company’s first electric pickup will hit the market in the fall of 2021 in the United States. This project is part of 20 electric vehicles GM plans to launch by 2023. Although there are still not many details about the future pickup, it emerged that the brand aims to achieve a range greater than 400 miles (644 kilometers) on a single charge. The brand’s first 100% electric van will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck factory starting in 2021, so it will share the assembly line with the Hummer EV. The General Motors electric pick could be developed, according to detailed United States media, about the Chevrolet Silverado or the GMC Sierra.
On May 20, after 10 years of interruption, the launch of the new Hummer EV was planned, which returns under the wing of GMC in the form of an electric pickup. Even the company even announced the return of the iconic model with a 30-second spot alongside famous basketball player LeBron James, no less than at the Super Bowl, the most watched sporting event on the planet.
But then the presentation had to be suspended due to the health crisis caused by COVID-19. The new beast promises 1,000 horsepower and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just three seconds. It is a Quick response from the company to the impending appearance of the Tesla Cybertruck, but the new official release date is not yet known. So far, the brand has only released images of an imposing tube and the first power data, but ensures that the development process is still active and is expected to be available on the market by mid-2021.
The best-selling in the world, also electric
Ford has been developing for a long time the electric version of the world’s best-selling pickup, the F-150. And a year ago, she even put it on the scene to show a preview of its power. She recorded a video where the model was pulling ten train cars loaded with another 42 F-150s. The film shot then the invitation of Elon Musk so that the pickup of the Oval measured forces with his Cybertruck.
The Detroit giant recently previewed the 2021 range of its F-150, comprising the 14th generation of its successful F Series, and It is the first to include hybrid versions and then a 100% electric variant. The brand announces for the first hybrid alternative a range greater than 1,000 kilometers. That version will be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost gasoline engine to which is added an electric one that provides 47 horsepower. The first units of the new F-150 are planned to be delivered at the end of the year in the United States, and by 2021 the hybrid version will appear. This brand-new pick generation will also arrive in Argentina.
Tesla’s challenging Cybertruck
“For more than 100 years, trucks have been basically the same, difficult to distinguish from each other,” Musk said in late 2019 at the presentation of his Cybertruck pickup, held at the Hawthorne Design Center in Los Angeles, a space that Tesla shares with another of the South African companies, SpaceX. That event went around the world, according to Musk’s wish, after the businessman himself boasted of the indestructible crystals -which broke- of his brand new pickup.
The Cybertruck is a stainless steel mole that, according to its mentor, is capable of outperforming a Ford F-150 in towing capacity and a accelerating Porsche 911. The technology firm also violates the price: the cheapest version costs $ 39,500, and the CEO of Tesla announced that it can be had through leasing (very common operation in the United States) for $ 500 a month. On the Tesla website you can already reserve a model for just $ 100Although production will not start until the end of 2021.
Rivian, the one that spins like a war tank
Another technology start-up, in this case Rivian, has also been showing a pickup to face Tesla. The company is only ten years old and received more than $ 1.7 billion in investment from Amazon, Ford and other companies.. There, in addition, important talents work ex Apple, McLaren, Tesla and Ford. It makes autonomous electric models and sells technology, but the biggest challenge is the R1T pickup, the anti-Tesla model.
According to the firm, this truck will have a load capacity of up to 800 kg, and will be available with three electric motors: 408, 710 and 764 horsepower, the latter with a range of close to 500 kilometers and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km. / h of only three seconds. One of its highlights is the configuration of its powertrain, as it has four independent electric motors located on each of the wheels. Through its “Tank Turn” system this pickup can rotate on its axis like a war tank. Its production was to start before the end of 2020, but the pandemic delayed the company’s plans and now it is expected to start manufacturing in 2021.
Nikola Badger, with battery or hydrogen battery
Trevor Milton, CEO and founder of Nikola Motors, recently announced through his Twitter account that the reserves of the Nikola Badger, his electric pick-up that can be chosen with a battery or hydrogen battery system, have been opened. Milton is another powerful businessman who shadows Musk with his start up, to the point that it also communicates strategies via its favorite social network: Twitter.
Although it has not yet produced or sold any vehicles, Nikola’s stock price, founded in 2014, is already around $ 30 billion, far more than several auto giants. Nikola already has several zero-emission trucks developed and plans to deliver the first units in 2021. The Nikola Badger, which promises about 966 kilometers of autonomy and up to 482 km with only the 8-kilo hydrogen tank, will start manufacturing around 2022.
Bollinger B2, practicality with rustic style
Bollinger Motors is a New York-based company that has already developed an SUV, the B1, and on its basis is also launching a pickup, the B2. With a basic and rustic style, and a certain air to the Land Rover Defender, Bollinger models point to functionality. The Bollinger B2 has an electric motor on each axis to produce a total power of 614 horsepower. It reaches a maximum of 160 km / h and takes 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100.
Both vehicles offer outstanding off-road capabilities, thanks to their ground clearance (381mm) and good wading capabilities (914mm). They are also equipped with hydro-pneumatic suspension to adjust their height manually, and switches to control the locking differentials manually. And they can have the windshield, windows, doors and roof panels removed for extreme 4×4 driving.