The Tesla Cybertruck was released with a lot of fanfare by Elon Musk back in November of 2019.
The design of the Cybertruck was revolutionary, shocking and some would say – downright ugly. Yes, it was polarising. You either loved it, or you hated it.
Ok, there was a third option. You are undecided or would let it grow on you. I was one of the latter!
No matter what you thought of the Cybertruck, a lot of people loved it. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people have actually placed a reservation. Albeit only $100, so that may not be a sign of how many will take delivery of one.
However, there is one big problem. During the Q4 earnings call in January 2022, Elon Musk stated that the earliest we would see any Cybertrucks on the road would be 2023.
So, if you can’t wait that long. Or maybe you want to start considering your options?
What are the best Cybertruck alternatives right now?
Ford F-150 Lightening
What better alternative to the Cybertruck than the classic F-150. But this time reinvented for the battery-electric market. The BEV version as it were of this iconic truck is called the F-150 Lightning!
Of course, the style is a lot more in line with what everyone expects from a Ford truck. Aside from the front lights of course. But under the hood, so to speak, it is all electric.
Starting at around $40,000, the F-150 LIghtening comes in a range of models for those just needing a truck, to those who use them for work on a daily basis. They have the Pro, XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. The last one starts at $90k!
The base model only comes with one size battery, but then the next level up from there, the XLT onwards, has two: Standard Range at 230 miles, or Extended Range at 300 miles. The price difference is just under $20k.
One of the newcomers to the car world and starting with a bang is the young startup Rivian. They have begun their automotive journey with a strong competitor in the truck market, reimagining what a truck can do from the ground up, and all-electric of course!
The Rivian R1T is their first model on the market and it has definitely got people talking. With a range of 314 miles, it tops Ford’s extended battery. And of course, it comes with quad motors, one on each wheel, which gives it some unique controls like the crab walk, something all-electric trucks seem to be coming out with.
It also has many Tesla-like features including over-the-air updates, lots of big screen, a huge all-glass roof and some other cool features. They include a flashlight in the door, a huge stow area behind the rear seats and a decent bed with charging incorporated.
GMC Hummer EV
The GMC Hummer EV is GM’s first foray into the world of electric vehicles (despite the claim that they are leading the EV revolution!). It comes in two main body options – SUV or Pickup, so you can choose how you are going to use it from the get-go.
Like all Hummers that have come before it, this truck is BIG. But GM has added some fun features, like on the Pickup, you can remove the roof panels, to create an open-air feel.
We only have estimates on the battery range at the moment, but it’s not bad considering what a beast this truck is. Range is 300+ miles on the SUV and 350+ on the Pickup.
GMC Sierra EV
Another GM vehicle that is expected in the next year or so is the GMC Sierra Denali. It has a prominent front-end that will intimidate all those around you. But otherwise, is a GMC truck through and through. The details are quite scant at the moment, as this is a distant future vehicle.
In terms of electric vehicle specs, like range, towing capacity and the like, we will have to wait a bit longer to learn more from GMC.
Chevrolet Silverado EV
This is more of a future EV Truck because it is estimated to be available in 2024. The Chevy Silverado EV starts at around $40,000 and comes with an impressive 20,000 lbs. towing capacity.
Like all EV trucks, it has a futuristic front end, but the rest of the body is similar to the old Chevy trucks you know and love. The promised range is also impressive at 400 miles, which is using the new Ultium platform that GM is hyping with all their new and upcoming vehicles. Whether the range lives up to that when it is released in a few years, only time will tell.
Lordstown Motors Endurance
Another lofty startup with its sights set on the EV truck market is Lordstown Motors. We have yet to get the full specs or all the details, but so far it looks like a great truck – named the Endurance.
It will apparently come with a 6000 lbs towing capacity and aims to have a battery range of around 250 miles. So, not that impressive.
It is more of a mid-range pickup, especially compared to the trucks coming out of GM and Ford’s plants!