Back in 2019, Ford had its prototype all-electric F-150 pickup truck tow a double-decker, 10-car freight train filled with 42 other F-150s.
Not to rain on Ford’s parade, but apparently towing a train isn’t hard to do, though it’s still insanely cool and represented a trend toward EV pickups years in the making.
It’s a shift that makes sense for one simple reason:
America LOVES pickup trucks
When we say “loves,” we mean it:
- 5 of the 10 bestselling vehicles in 2020 were pickups
- For 39 straight years, the F-150 has been America’s bestselling vehicle
- The 3 top-selling pickups accounted for 13% of vehicles sold in the US in 2020
- 20% of total US auto sales in 2020 were — you guessed it — pickups
Companies new and old are revving their
Detroit and Japan are making moves, too:
- Ford has said its electric F-150 will enter production in Q1 of 2022
- Toyota last week confirmed it’s bringing an electric powertrain to its pickup lineup
- GMC is releasing a 1k-horsepower, ~$113k Hummer EV pickup truck this fall