5 Reasons to Change Your Mind About Electric Trucks

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Everything is going electric. There’s the Tesla Cybertruck, Ford F-150 Lightning, Hummer EV truck, and more. As more auto manufacturers move toward producing electric trucks, it might be time to give them a chance. 

Five reasons to consider an electric truck 

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat | Ford

1. Instant torque 

According to TRADER, the world of trucks is dominated by torque. This rating will tell you exactly how your truck can handle massive loads. As you feel your engine beginning to struggle down low as you pull your trailer forward, that’s the torque in action. 

Electric motors are highly sufficient for delivering this type of hauling power. With instant torque, electric pickup trucks have an advantage over internal combustion rivals. They tow and haul payloads with ease. 

Electric trucks deliver power without gear reduction, and the role of the transmission changes. They need fewer gears to deliver the same performance. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. 

2. Theres four-wheel control 

Electric vehicle drivelines are simple, meaning engineers can be more creative. An electric truck can have individual power units over each axle or wheel by incorporating multiple electric motors. This provides electric pickup trucks to have four-wheel drive with more control. 

Because the driveline isn’t all mechanically connected like traditional trucks, electric trucks can do things like turn on the spot. For example, Rivian R1T has the Tank Turn, and the Hummer EV has the Crab Walk. The need for locking differentials is eliminated thanks to having individual control at each wheel. 

Electric vehicles reduce all sorts of costs 

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3. You’ll have less maintenance to worry about

Electric pickup trucks require a lot less downtime compared to gas-powered rivals. The electric motors don’t have as many moving parts. In fact, the entire driveline is less complicated. You may not even need a transmission or a much simpler unit. 

Electric trucks are expected to stretch your dollar pretty far by providing more value. They are expected to be reliable and last a long time while being more affordable to keep running. EV pickup trucks are still emerging into the scene, but a few of the most reliable electric vehicles so far include the Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, and Hyundai Kona. 

4. You’ll save money 

According to Consumer Reports, while electric trucks typically have a higher MSRP, when it comes to total ownership cost, electric vehicles provide more savings. Fueling costs and maintenance costs are generally lower compared to gas-powered trucks. 

Their study shows that you can save up to $4,700 or more on the cost of fuel alone during the first seven years of ownership. The typical cost of ownership with an electric vehicle is about $6,000 to $10,000 less than options with internal combustion engines. 

Also, long-range EV vehicles are holding their values as well or even better than traditional gasoline-powered options. Plus, you may be eligible for tax incentives from the state and local governments. 

Electric vehicles are incredibly green 

The first stainless-steel Tesla Cybertruck concept on a track
Tesla Cybertruck concept | Tesla

5. EVs reduce emissions 

Electric pickup trucks will help the Earth. They can reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog. This may improve public health and minimize ecological damage. Charging your electric truck with a renewable energy source such as solar or wind power can reduce emissions even more. 

EVs may help the United States gain a diversity of fuel choices available for transportation. According to Energy.gov, the U.S. used about nine billion barrels of petroleum last year. Two-thirds of it was used for transportation. 

The reliance on petroleum can make the United States vulnerable to price spikes and supply disruptions, like the recent cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline. EVs help reduce this threat because almost all of our electricity is produced from domestic sources such as coal, nuclear, natural gas, and renewable sources.

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