The electric pickup truck war is heating up as Tesla (TSLA), Ford (F), and Rivian get ready to launch their full production truck models in the near-term. While each automaker is looking to be first to market with their release, details about these electrified truck models have been scarce, leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Here’s what’s known about the trucks so far.
Tesla is set to launch what Elon Musk is calling the Cybertruck on Nov. 21 in California. Several renderings of the truck have surfaced, but there is no word on what the truck will actually look like until its release.
Elon Musk said during a presentation at the Air Force Space Pitch Day in San Francisco that the Cybertruck looks like an “armored personnel carrier from the future,” giving some indication that the renderings leaked may be close to reality.
Musk also went on to say that the Cybertruck, “doesn’t look like a normal car. You may like it, you may not. I like it. It’s going to look like it came off a movie set. When it goes down the road. Like, ‘Whoa, What’s that thing?”
Another contender in the electric pickup market is Rivian, which has given great detail about its R1T model. The truck is thought to begin production in late 2020, offering the electric vehicle as a 2021 model.
According to Rivian, the R1T will accelerate to 60 mph in three seconds and have a driving range of up to 400 miles. It also is expected to come with an up to 11,000-pound towing capacity and all-wheel drive.
When it comes to size, the R1T reportedly stacks up as a larger pickup truck than Ford’s all-electric F-150 and is yet to be known against Tesla’s Cybertruck, The Fast Lane Trucks.
Ford, which is also working on an all-electric pickup truck to rival Tesla and Rivian, has teased that the electrified F-150 has the power to pull a freight train but has not revealed any more details about the EV. However, it is thought that the F-150 will have all-wheel drive and over 300-miles of driving range, according to Inside EVs.
Rivian has received a $500 million investment from Ford for the development and production of all-electric trucks as well as crossovers and cars, but it remains to be seen what technology will be taken from Rivian and repurposed for Ford’s use.
Shares of Tesla stock were down 0.31% as of 2:26 p.m. EST on Wednesday while shares of Ford stock were down 2.54% at the same time.