Electric trucks are few and far between on highways, but they’re all the rage online. There are fewer than 3,000 electric trucks on the road today, but at least 1.5 million reservations are in the books for upcoming electric truck models. Will trucks ever catch up to crossovers in the electrification of the auto industry? With how many models are in the development pipeline, it will be interesting to find out. Let’s take a look at every electric truck on the way, and the few you might catch a glimpse of in 2022.
Introduced: Late 2021
Range: 314 miles
Fuel economy: 71 MPGe
Cost to charge 0 – 100% at home: $19
Price: $78,975 – $121,690
“It’s bigger than a Ford Ranger, smaller than a F-150, and a whole lot more expensive.”
The 2022 Rivian R1T is the most common electric truck on the road today, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy to find one. About 2,000 have been sold as of spring 2022. As is often the case, supply shortages (and inflation) have put a damper on the much-anticipated rollout of Rivian’s first model.
Nevertheless, it’s a very capable truck. The R1T can tow more than 11,000 pounds and the pickup offers a payload capacity of 1760 pounds. And it’s fast, with a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds. It’s a rugged, outdoorsy-themed truck for those who use their pickup for more play than work. If you’re in the market for one, get in line. If you’re lucky (and have a deep wallet), you just might take delivery of one by the end of 2023. Rivian prices recently jumped by $10,000 – $20,000, so don’t expect a Rivian for the original price of $69,000.
GMC Hummer EV
Introduced: Late 2021
Range: 329 miles
Fuel economy: 47 MPGe
Cost to charge 0 – 100% at home: $30
Price: $80,000 – $110,000+
“American excess at its finest….. and least efficient.”
If you would like a 9,000-pound, crab-walking mammoth of a truck that can seemingly overcome physics to reach 60 miles per hour in three seconds, General Motors has you covered. The revived Hummer is a large luxury truck meant to turn heads more than it’s meant to haul stuff to the worksite.
The Hummer EV’s #1 party trick is the crab-walk. That’s when the truck turns using all four weeks, allowing it to slide through traffic. The EPA-rated range of 329 miles is a bit misleading. It has a MASSIVE 212 kilowatt-hour battery. That’s triple the capacity of most electric crossovers! While technically it starts around $80,000, used ones are already selling for a quarter of a million dollars.
Ford F-150 Lightning
Introduced: Late 2022
Range: 230 – 300 miles
Fuel economy: 68 MPGe
Cost to charge 0 – 100% at home: $14 – $20
Price: $39,974 – $90,874
“This will be the first mass-produced electric truck on the market, but we’re bracing for the dealer markups.”
We recently detailed all we know about the upcoming electric F-150 in a special YAA preview. It turns out that truck fans are REALLY looking forward to the Lightning. The question remains, can Ford make enough of them?
Here’s What Stands Out With the F-150 Lightning:
It’s the most powerful F-150 ever
You can power tools, other EVs and even your entire home with the truck
The Lightning looks normal, but features state-of-the-art technology
The front trunk is bigger than most regular trunks
Up to 320 miles of range, but mediocre charging speeds
Ford has 200,000 reservations in the books for the F-150 Lightning, so new orders can expect a 2024 delivery. If you’re patient, this just might be worth the wait.
Range: Up to 400 miles (depending on battery size/trim)
Cost to charge 0 – 100% at home: $28
Price: $39,900 – $80,000+
“It’s the direct competitor to the F-150 Lightning, but it will charge a LOT faster.”
When Ford made such a big deal with the unveiling of the F-150 Lightning, we all knew General Motors would be cooking up something special. The Chevrolet Silverado EV was unveiled at last, and the specs and looks have exceeded expectations. Chevy claims it has faster charging, more power, and more range than the Ford.
It’s a flexible truck too, and one that’s definitely going to see some worksite use. The storage capacity of the 5-foot-11-inch bed can be extended to 9 feet with the ’available’ Multi-Flex Midgate.
GM says that the new Silverado is basically a rolling generator, if you buy the required accessories. “When combined with the available accessory power bar, the Silverado EV’s PowerBase charging system offers up to 10 outlets, to provide a total of 10.2kW of all-electric power for countless worksite or recreational needs, including powering your home, with the required equipment.” It can even charge other electric vehicles!
Ever since Tesla pulled the curtains back in November 2019, the world has divided into two camps: those who adore the Cybertruck’s angular, Mars-ready looks, and those who abhor it. No matter what your opinion is, it’s still just an idea for now. Tesla has repeatedly pushed back its arrival, and now says that 2023 will be the start of production.
The Cybertruck will have 3,500 pounds of payload capacity, and can tow 14,000 pounds. Those specs are on another level for sure. It’s also a performance-oriented truck, with a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds. Pricing had previously been announced to start at $40,000 for rear-wheel drive base variants, but that was later removed from the Tesla website. We expect pricing to range from $55,000 to over $80,000, but it’s pure speculation at this point.
Toyota’s Electric Truck
In late 2021, Toyota teased the above image of an electric truck. It closely resembles an electric Tacoma, which would be a dream come true for many Toyota fans. They haven’t said a word since, but we’ll update you with the latest once we know more.
Ram 1500 Electric Truck
Stellantis has taken its sweet time getting into EVs. In 2024, the Ram 1500 electric truck will make a debut with a range of up to 500 miles and futuristic design cues. It will be capable of fast-charging, a quick 0-60 time, andthe latest tech from Stellantis.
The electric Ram 1500 will be built on the new STLA platform that is currently in development. More to come.
GMC Sierra Electric Truck
They say it’s coming, but we don’t know much yet. The electric Sierra will share the same powertrain engineering as the Silverado EV.
“Like the GMC Hummer EV, the electric Sierra will be purposefully built on the Ultium Platform with the premium materials and capability customers have come to expect from GMC trucks,” says GMC.
The Canoo ‘Pickup Truck’ has more in common with the Tesla Cybertruck that one might suspect. It’s weird-looking, has space-age ambitions, and has been repeatedly delayed. Canoo has undergone multiple leadership shakeups, and that has delayed the launch of Canoo’s first products by a few years (and counting).
The Canoo truck has a targeted payload capacity of 1,800 pounds, a 6’ 8” bed when extended, and about 500 horsepower. At least 200 miles of range are to be expected on a charge. Hopefully it turns out to be at least 250 miles considering the competition.
As odd and mysterious as the Canoo Pickup Truck is for now, the EV startup already scored a significant contract, at least symbolically. NASA selected Canoo to transport astronauts to the upcoming Artemis spaceships for missions to the moon in 2025.
Trucks are somehow an appreciating asset in 2022. Not a single truck is getting more affordable. With inflation, supply shortages, and transportation backlogs, truck inventory remains at record lows in the US. Here’s just how much truck prices have increased in 2022.
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May 2022 Truck Price Increases
Chevrolet Silverado HD
The 2022 model year Chevrolet Silverado HD has seen FOUR price increases since going on sale last year. GM Authority details the latest Silverado price increases:
“The latest price increase for the 2022 Chevy Silverado HD is a flat $1,000 for all trim levels and configurations, including both the 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, and the 2022 Chevy Silverado 3500HD. The Destination Freight Charge also increased from $1,695 to $1,795. As it stands now, the least-expensive 2022 Chevy Silverado HD model is the Silverado 2500HD WT Regular Cab / Long Bed with 2WD and the 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine, priced at $41,295, while the most-expensive model is the Silverado 3500HD High Country Crew Cab / Long Bed DRW with 4WD and the 6.6LV8 L5P turbodiesel Duramax engine, priced at $81,345.”
See how much every variant of the Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD costs now here.
Just a few months after the first deliveries crawled out of Rivian’s factory in Normal, Illinois, the electric truck maker fumbled a sudden price increase. All trims of the Rivian R1T saw prices increase, and some specs are up by 20%. The most ‘affordable’ R1T, originally $67,500, now costs $79,500. The catch is that the base spec of the R1T is not even close to being available. Rivian produced 2,500 electric trucks in the first quarter of the year, and delivered 1,200 of them.
All R1Ts being delivered in 2022 are the quad-motor Adventure package with the large battery pack. If you’re lucky enough to take delivery this year, this R1T configuration costs $85,000.
This is Rivian’s delivery timeline as of Spring 2022:
Base Models See Modest Price Increases
Is there any such thing as an affordable truck any more? Affordability is in the eye of the beholder, however the last few months have raised the bar even further. Here’s the latest data on truck MSRPs for base trims:
The best-selling truck in America, the Ford F-150, has seen a 2.6% increase in base MSRP since December 2021. The F-150 now starts at $29,990. The only truck to fare better (for the consumer) is the Toyota Tacoma, which has gone up 2.1% to a current MSRP of $26,700.
On the other end of the spectrum, General Motors has sent truck prices through the roof. Four months ago, a 2021 Silverado 1500 started at $29,300. A few price hikes later, the base 2022 Silverado now costs $33,800 before destination fees. That’s a staggering 15% price jump in a few short months.
GM’s massive price increases for the 2022 Silverado are especially shocking considering that GM posted record profits in 2021, despite selling 500,000 fewer vehicles than the year before.
The 2022 Nissan Titan now has a base MSRP of $38,310, up 4.8% since late last year. The Ram 1500 has seen a similar price hike, now listing for $33,975 at a minimum. Good luck finding one for MSRP.
Luxury And High-End Trucks See The Biggest Price Hikes
If you thought the base models were bad, wait until you see how expensive fully-loaded trucks have gotten. Check out the data for yourself:
Yes, a 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor now starts at $68,675 (over $70,000 after taxes and fees) after Ford bumped the price by 7% this year. That almost makes the F-150 Lariat look like a steal at $48,140. It’s actually Ram that takes the trophy for biggest MSRP jump in 2022. Following a 9.1% price increase, the Ram 1500 TRX now starts at $76,780. The GMC Sierra AT4X has seen the smallest price increase, but it’s still an expensive truck at an MSRP $77,395.
Are There Any Affordable Trucks?
The short answer is no. If you’re looking to buy new, you’ll have to find a Ford Maverick, Ford Ranger, Hyundai Santa Cruz or maybe even a Tacoma at MSRP (somehow) to stay around $25,000 for a new truck. Most are far beyond $35,000 once all fees are tallied.
Bear in mind that we’re talking about MSRPs here. These are merely suggestions by the manufacturer. You know as well as I do that buying any popular vehicle at sticker price in 2022 is like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s technically possible, but quite rare. And no one will believe you.
Dealer markups are one of the many novel trends of the past few pandemic years that no one’s excited about. Except for dealers of course. Jalopnik reported on six-figure Ram TRXs and Ford Mavericks going for fifty grand.
Dealers are raking in the profits every time a shopper agrees to pay over MSRP for any truck. Don’t believe me? American dealerships reported all-time record profits in 2021. You know, the year with the worst inventory shortages ever. As one dealer told me, they’re just ‘dying for inventory’. Approach dealerships with caution, truck buyers.
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The semiconductor chip shortage has forced General Motors to halt production of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra during the weeks of April 4 and April 11. GM makes these high-margin models at a plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dealers sold 530,000 Chevy Silverados and 249,000 GMC Sierras in 2021. Silverado sales were down 11% in 2021 compared to the year before, and Sierra sales slipped 1.6%.
Premature Optimism Meets 2022
GM President Mark Reuss told CNBC that chip supplies were “getting a little better” but the crisis is not over. “We’re not through this, we’re doing the best we can.” The latest YAA chip shortage update shows that 308,700 vehicles have been removed from North American production schedules across all manufacturers, and the pace of cancellations remains steady. In 2021, General Motors canceled nearly one million vehicles from production because of the chip shortage.
In February, GM CEO Mary Barra voiced optimism, with perhaps a hint of wishful thinking. “We’ve said the improvements in the first quarter will pull through the year. Definitely, by the second half of this year we’ll be able to get closer to full capability.” The semiconductor chip shortage shows no signs of slowing down. Asian production hubs have been rattled by more COVID shutdowns, and even earthquakes. On top of the chip shortages, the war in Ukraine is affecting European operations.
Trucks Are GM’s Big Money-Makers
GM’s announcement of a production stop in Fort Wayne is particularly notable considering that the Sierra and Silverado are higher margin vehicles for the automaker. If these two money-making models are temporarily removed from production, the chip shortage may be worse than company executives make it seem.
There may be a chip shortage, but GM’s bank accounts are as healthy as ever. In 2021, GM’s profits surged 55% to $10 billion, an all-time high for the legacy automaker. GM’s record profits coincided with a sharp decline in sales as inventory plummeted and new car prices skyrocketed. The company sold 2.9 million vehicles in 2021, down from 3.4 million in 2020. Sales slumped so much that Toyota took the crown for most U.S. sales for the first time ever.
Lockdowns in Shanghai Have GM’s Workforce Sleeping On Floors
China has resisted calls to recognize the COVID-19 virus as an endemic illness, and China continues its zero-COVID policy at all costs. China’s ‘closed loop’ economic approach permits businesses to remain in operation, but only if all workers remain onsite. The same ‘closed loop’ policy was in place for the entirety of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
GM’s partnership with Chinese state-owned automaker SAIC has been fruitful for bringing the Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac brands to China. Over 10,000 people are employed by the SAIC-GM joint venture in China. During the latest COVID lockdown in Shanghai, Automotive News reports that the SAIC-GM production plant has remained open with workers sleeping on floors inside of the facility. GM has declined to comment on the situation.
Continuing operations at the Shanghai facility may give General Motors an upper hand in the struggle to produce higher volumes of vehicles given the current supply shortages. Tesla’s Giga Shanghai factory was forced to close this week. Tesla failed to prepare enough food and other accommodations for the 2,000 employees. Volkswagen has also been impacted by the Shanghai lockdowns, but VW’s factories remain open for now.
Where does General Motors go from here? The now #2 automaker in America managed to score record profits in 2021, despite the severity of the chip shortage. As MSRPs rise and automaker incentives disappear, it’s entirely plausible that GM will see positive outcomes yet again, even with empty dealer lots.
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As anyone who’s fallen head over heels for one of the many 2022 electric vehicles and clicked that ‘Order’ button can attest, just because you can order an EV in 2022 doesn’t mean you can drive it home this year. This was a problem I faced myself, but I finally broke the code and got a Hyundai IONIQ 5 at MSRP (here’s how).
Soon after I began my online car search, it became clear that if I wanted a brand-new vehicle, my options were limited by availability. To make the most of the situation, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about the availability and estimated delivery times for EVs on the market today. Here’s what we know as we kick off the new year.
Note: These are fully-electric models that can either be ordered now or purchased at a dealership today. Many more have been announced but are not yet officially available.
Estimated Delivery/Lot Availability*
RS e-tron GT
Available Now (Discontinued)
2022 - CA Only
Late 2022 - 2023
Late 2022 - 2023
*For a vehicle ordered in May 2022, unless there's existing dealership supply.
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What Does It All Mean? Supply and Demand Are Out of Whack
A few things might stand out to you on this list. Not a lot of options are available if you need a new vehicle right now. VW Group’s new EVs are available at many dealerships, although there are reports of major dealer markups. It’s quite easy to find EVs of the previous generation on dealer lots. Think Kia eNiro, Hyundai Kona EV, Nissan Leaf and the like.
The vast majority of 2022 electric vehicles are crossovers. No surprise there given the sales trends over the past decade. Honda doesn’t have a single EV arriving in the North American market until the 2024 Prologue electric SUV. That is surprising considering the popularity and good reputation of the brand. What will it take for automakers to catch up to demand? An end to the chip shortage would be a great step in the right direction. There’s also the supply versus demand factor. Ford, Rivian, Tesla and VW are all swamped with orders well into 2022, and even into 2023. All except Tesla are EV newcomers who are facing the same production ramp-up struggles that Tesla just barely survived a few years ago. We’ll update this page regularly as more information becomes available, so save it to your bookmarks!
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