The GMC Hummer EV (top left), Rivian R1T (top right), and Ford F-150 Lightning.

I drove all three electric pickup trucks on sale in the US. 
The Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, and GMC Hummer EV are three very different takes on the electric truck. 
They all offer more than 300 miles of range and lots of interesting features. 

Sleek Teslas got Americans interested in electric vehicles. Big pickups could launch them into the mainstream.  

After all, Americans love their trucks. 

And there’s good news for anyone considering swapping their gas-drinking F-150 for something a little greener. Three battery-powered pickups are now on sale in the US, up from zero just over a year ago.

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

To some, they might all seem about the same. They all have a bed and some electric motors, and none come particularly cheap. 

But the Ford F-150 Lightning, GMC Hummer EV, and Rivian R1T couldn’t be more different. I drove all three and learned all about their highs, lows, and special features. 

F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

The F-150 Lightning is the most traditional of the bunch. It looks nearly identical to the gas-powered F-150 inside and out — and that was the point. Ford aimed to electrify its best-selling vehicle without messing with it too much. 

There’s an electric powertrain deep inside, but no need to relearn how to drive. 

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

Stomping the accelerator instantly reminds you that you’re not in just any truck, though. The Lightning’s 775 pound-feet of torque and 580 horsepower enable it to scoot to 60 mph in around four seconds. Acceleration is instantaneous and a little scary in such a big vehicle. At highway speeds, the Lightning is surprisingly quiet. 

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With the optional larger battery pack, the Lightning earns a very healthy range rating of 320 miles from the EPA. (The base model is good for 240.) 

The Ford F-150 Lightning.

And the Lightning delivers fun features that aren’t possible in conventional trucks. Its spacious front trunk provides lockable storage that can fit a few duffel bags. Using several outlets scattered throughout the bed and frunk, the Lightning’s battery can share enough energy to power a house for several days. 

The Lighting has the most mainstream appeal of the three trucks and a relatively attainable price to match. The 2023 model starts at $51,974. But if you want maximum range, get ready to fork over $81,000 and up. 

Rivian R1T

The Rivian R1T.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have the R1T, the very first model from the startup Rivian. The firm took the basic contours of a pickup and grabbed the opportunity to create something completely new and different.

The result is a high-end, tech-heavy, off-road truck aimed at outdoorsy types. 

The Rivian R1T.

Like Tesla, Rivian shuns practically all regular buttons in favor of a big touchscreen that controls almost everything in the vehicle, from drive modes to the direction of the air vents. Tapping a screen for every little thing …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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