The renaissance of modern electric vehicles from the first day is hampered by physical limitations imposed by the current state of battery technology. Inefficiencies in the form of heavy batteries and low power density have long limited not only the range and performance of electric vehicles, but also the very forms they can take – there’s why Tesla started with the Roadster and not Cybertruck. But steady advances in power systems over the past few years – with dizzying demand for larger, electrified vehicles serving the U.S. market – have led to a turning point in 2021: the advent of EV pickups and SUVs.
Yes, we all know that the Model X exists and Tesla “did it first” – spare me your tweets – however, the number and variety of new, clean EV pickups and SUV models ready to go to the salon or in active development is astonishing compared to just a few years ago. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s highlights.
GM bets a lot on that proprietary battery Ultium technology, investing $ 35 billion self-driving and EV technology by 2025. The company has also announced plans to sell 30 EV models by the end of 2025. Electric vehicles only after 2035 with 1000 horsepower GMC Hummer EV serving as his avant-garde offering.
The Hummer EV has been a sure hit since its debut last October. More than 10,000 potential customers paid a $ 112,000 down payment for the Hummer Edition 1 until last December. Similarly, the Hummer EV SUV variant discovered in April they sold out their pre-orders minutes – not bad for a vehicle that won’t actually take to the streets until the fall of 2023. Deliveries for the Hummer EV pickup are beginning of this month. There has even been talk of customizing the Hummer EV frame and power system for military applications, although firm decisions on the proposal have not yet been made.
Hummers are just the beginning. In April, GM confirmed it would be its second EV model electrified Silverado. We still don’t know much about Silverad other than that it will take advantage of GM’s Ultium battery technology, that the company weighs 400 and more miles and that the EV pickup will offer four-wheel steering, which shortens the turning radius at low speeds and increases cornering stability at high speeds – especially when towing loads.
We will have a complete record of Silverado’s abilities after he officially debuts during GM’s keynote speech at CES 2022. Moreover, GM unveiled its third upcoming EV in July – a full-size GMC pickup, according to CNBC. For now, almost nothing else is known about him, not even whether he will use the existing GMC Sierra brand. We hope to get some more tips in the new year.
Not to be outdone, Stellantis Group (former FCA and umbrella company for Chrysler, Jeep Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and a number of others) published in July that it will also invest $ 35 billion in its electrification efforts by 2025 and that by the end of that year it will have 55 electrified vehicles (40 BEV, 15 PHEV) in the U.S. and European markets. Moreover, Stellantis is working on an all-electric Ram EV to compete with the Silverad and Ford F-150 Lightning, although the Ram is not expected to go on sale by 2024. For its part, 2021. Jeep has shown sleek-looking Wrangler BEV concept in March, released its “light hybrid” Wrangler Sahara 4XE in May and debuted its PHEV Cherokee 4XE in September before the vehicle went on sale in 2022.
Ford also had a year worthy of a trumpet, starting with the release of the Mustang Mach-E in February. EV is welcomed a little apprehension to begin with but he solidified his position by liberation GT performance-focused edition. In total, Ford sold more than 21,000 Mach-E units by last October, despite several recalls for loose screws and “deep sleep” software errors. That’s not bad for the first-year crossover SUV that works to overcome deep-rooted customer nostalgia, but Mach-E’s figures are nothing compared to the upcoming Ford F-150 Lightning EV it has amassed.
The efforts of the F-150 electrification company have it was hardly an industry secret but when Ford made its debut with Lightning May 19 (or May 18 if you watched President Biden’s speech), the American public buying cars has almost lost its mind 45,000 people signed up to pre-register download EV in the first 48 hours.
Interest in Ford’s upcoming lightweight hybrid Maverick pickup was no less great. The Detroit News reported in August that more than 100,000 people reportedly applied to pre-order mini-trucks, many of whom were California residents. However, these people were not obliged to pay an advance, so will all these pre-orders turn into actual sales – or will people simply decide refurbish their existing ICE Fords with an aluminator system instead – remains to be seen.
Some of biggest titles in 2021 EV truck space came from a stellar startup, Riviana. While competitors like Lordstown Motors were found critically little money and subject Investigations into the fraud of the Ministry of Justice, Rivian has already reached its first production milestone: actually produces vehicles (despite having to move his initial delivery time from July to September). But that’s not half.
This year, the company also announced plans to install 10,000 charging stations North America by 2023, discovered membership plan for owners offering both on-road and off-road assistance, as well as exclusive OTA software updates, and outlined its Remote care program which would offer remote diagnosis and on-site repair of electric trucks. The startup has big plans for the future as well. She announced plans to invest $ 5 billion another manufacturing facility based in the United States and it is reportedly looking at the UK as the site for its first international battery plant.
Some of these future plans will include partnerships with other companies such as Amazon – which owns a 20 percent stake in Rivian, bought 100,000 vehicles from the 2019 startup and has already started deliveries to San Francisco and Angels with them – but will not include Ford. Despite investing half a billion dollars in an EV startup two years ago, Ford announced in November that the two companies would no longer work together on the upcoming EV. That’s what it looks like the electric Lincoln whispered he will probably stay dead for now.
At the other end of the spectrum, the cover is, surprisingly, Tesla. Despite the company’s hugely profitable year, the development of its Cybertruck is slow. While CEO Elon Musk announced in January that “production volumeThe EV SUV will start in 2022. it looks more and more it will happen later in the year – after Ford’s F-150 Lightning and GMC’s Hummer EV hit the road, and both debuted well after Cybertruck.
Of course, American car manufacturers are not the only ones involved in the EV game. Mercedes published in April that its compact SUV EQB is almost ready for production and will go on sale in the US next year. His “The breadwinner“The delivery van concept, however, could take a little longer to hit the market. Hyundai, on the other hand, in February it unveiled its Ioniq 5 SUV with plans to publish it this winter with him promises that his Genesis line of vehicles will be fully electric by the middle of this decade. In the meantime, Kijin Niro EV is still a popular sleep hit.
We’ve seen a lot of hype and grandiose promises about EV pickup trucks and SUVs over the last few years, but 2022 will be the year when everything comes to light. Consumers will finally be able to see these vehicles on the streets, in their neighborhoods and are likely to breathe behind their necks while stuck in traffic, not just on the showroom floor or on the stage of a livestream presentation. This is a huge opportunity for carmakers to further evangelize the benefits of battery power over their internal combustion predecessors – this time using America’s favorite vehicle type.
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