Best Electric Trucks to Buy | Top Current & Future Pickups

a guide to the best electric trucks of 2022

Have you noticed the exploding electric vehicle industry in the last 10 years? We all saw it coming from a mile away and some of the biggest concerns people have had for years are starting to be addressed, one of which is the range anxiety. 

But what about a concern people have for vehicles that are more “utility” oriented?

This is one of the biggest questions regular people and car enthusiasts have.

As of 2022, electric trucks have started to roll off the lots at a very slow pace, with many other ones being promoted for funding and impressive figures.

Though this list is not that impressive in terms of the number of vehicles available, it SHOULD give you optimism for what is to come for the entire automotive industry.

What I want to show you at the moment, is the list of the best electric trucks you can buy and equally as important, the electric trucks that could likely take the market in the next one to two years.

2022's Best Electric Truck List

Ford F-150 Lightning

#1. Ford F-150 Lightning

Did you know that the F-150 was the most sold and most popular pickup truck in America for YEARS. The F-150 has been in production since 1948. 

Fast forward to 2022, the market asked and received the answer to the most game-changing truck to date, the Ford F-150 Lightning (not to be confused with the SVT Lightning from the early 2000’s).

The Ford F150 Lightning now comes with a standard crew cab setup, all-wheel-drive, a generous touchscreen, 200+ miles of range, and impressive towing capacity.

Currently, there are four trim levels you can choose from: PRO, XLT, LARIAT, and PLATINUM. On paper, the price gap is as wide as the distance between New York City and Los Angeles. Starting prices for the PRO-F-150 is $39,974 and goes up from there to $90,874 for the PLATINUM.

Range for the base-model truck with the 98kWh battery is 230 miles and jumping to the bigger battery (136kWh*) driving range jumps by almost 100 to 320 miles in total.

As of this writing, influencers online and very first pre-orders are being delivered nation-wide. Supply chain problems are making this issue far worse, with months if not another year or two still left before production ramps up to the level of the popular Tesla Model 3.

SIDE NOTE: Being made after the most popular truck in America, there’s plenty of mods and accessories you can buy (almost immediately) for the F-150 Lightning, be sure to read our article on the top 10 things we found.

#2. Rivian R1T Pickup Truck

Rivian R1T

Rivian has been promising this pickup truck for many years now, with the hype being exacerbated by many and then long periods of waiting and wondering has finally come to the truck being produced and actually taking some of the first deliveries across the country.

This truck shares many similar dimensions to the Toyota Tacoma. Where this truck stands out is the price and all the other specs it has… Let’s get into it!

The Rivian R1T shares similar driving range to the Lightning, at 310 miles on a full charge. It comes with all-wheel-drive, has an impressive towing capacity at up to 11,000 lbs, and can seat 4-5 people, comfortably.

You can actually go off-road with this truck and in many cases, get yourself through some hairy situations.

There’s two trim levels you can choose from, Explore starting at $67,500 and Adventure starting at $73,000.

Is money no issue? No problem, the Rivian R1T has a range going from 260 miles to 400. Yes, that’s right. The biggest caveat with the highest range is of course the price difference, which is an extra $16,000. 

After specking out the truck to all the extra goodies, the total out the door price was at a whopping $120,000, not including the federal tax credit available for Rivian.

At the moment, this truck is the closest competitor to the F-150 Lightning. The next vehicle in line is even crazier than the two mentioned so far.

#3. The GMC Hummer Electric Truck

GMC Hummer EV

Talk about a vehicle that is a complete gas guzzler from the very beginning. While meant for military applications, when used on public roads for civilian purposes, you might as well throw wheels onto a brick and drive it everywhere.

While this new Hummer is 100% electric, the amount of weight behind it and the size of the battery is enough to power a small elementary school, literally. The Hummer boasts at just over 4.5 tons… that’s right, 9,063 lbs. From that weight, you also get 210kWh pack that can give you 329 miles on a single charge.

Impressive range, right? But with a 210 kWh pack, that is at 1.56 miles per kilowatt hour… that’s horribly inefficient. To top all that off, it starts at $108,700 before options. Pretty much out of reach for most, however an impressive beast that can certainly get out of its own way and then some.

Arguably a better-looking version of the Hummer EV is going to be the SUV version. While better looking, the SUV will have slightly less range (due to extra weight) and less horsepower. With the weight of both, they better have enough get-up and go to get moving. 

The SUV version will have around 830 HP and the truck will have 1,000. Torque numbers will be identical for both at up to 11,500 lb-ft, yep that’s not a type-o.

The Hummer EV comes with so many features, there’s not enough room to mention them all.

#4. Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck

I know I said the F-150 was hyped up and heavily awaited for, but to be honest, the Cybertruck by Tesla has had more public PR and excitement than both the Hummer Rivian and F-150 Lightning, combined. 

Still to this date (in August 2022), the Cybertruck is not out yet, but it WILL be and the following are the specs you should know about.

According to Tesla, the three trim level options and the associated driving range with them are as follows:

  • Single Motor RWD with 250+ miles of range, 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, top speed of 110 mph, and a starting price of $39,900
  • Dual Motor AWD with 300+ miles of range, 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, top speed of 120 mph, and a starting price of $49,900
  • Tri Motor AWD with 500+ miles of range, 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, top speed of 130 mph, and a starting price of $69,900

Comparing these prices to all the other vehicles mentioned so far now seems like Cybertruck is the BIGGEST bang for the buck you can get… period, the best electric truck by far. 

If the supply and demand are steady, the Cybertruck could be just like their Model 3 in terms of popularity and sell thousands of trucks per month, especially at those prices listed.

Electric Trucks for 2023-2025?

Silverado EV Concept?

Now let’s move on to the next most promising electric trucks to come in the next few years, starting with the most promising of them all. 

Chevrolette Silverado EV

A direct competitor to the electric F-150 is the Silverado EV. Might like the traditional versions which have been head to head for decades, now the EV game is on.

While the Silverado EV shares a lot with the Hummer EV, think of this truck as the Silverado version of the Hummer. With sleeker styling, a lighter overall weight, more useful features and a far more reasonable price. Lets highlight the main things you are probably dying to know.

The Silverado EV will have 10.2kW of on-board power available for use (0.6kW more than the F-150). The interior is incredible (while still in the pre-production version), not to mention the fold-down backseat which extends the overall cargo space length from 5 feet 11 inches to 9 feet. If you fold down the tailgate, it will add nearly 2 more feet.

At the moment, all we know is that the vehicle can charge at up to 800V and add up to 100 miles in just 10 minutes (utilizing 350kW charger). The top-tier RST trim level can get up to 400 miles on a single charge. The current model year set to be released is 2024, you can expect to receive more information as the time gets closer.

Lordstown Endurance Electric Truck

Lordstown Endurance Concept

While proudly based out of the USA (Lordstown, Ohio), the Lordstown brand has announced the truck for release back in 2021 with claims that by now there would be 1,000 trucks produced and delivered… one year later the plans were not realized. Fastforward to August 2022, they still plan on getting half of that number (500) to be produced by the end of 2022.

This truck looks fairly good, with an estimated 250 miles of range per charge, 600HP, and a starting price of around $52,500. The numbers seem lacking ever so slightly, but we will have to see and find out as months pass.

Alpha Wolf EV Truck

Alpha Wolf EV Truck

Taking a more old-school, “Baja” styling that will appeal to more enthusiasts than regular people, the Alpha Wolf is a California based company that plans on producing this truck by the end of 2023. With up to 275 miles per charge and giving you some options between FWD, RWD, and AWD, it looks promising.

Aside from actually being built in the next few years, the price of just over $37,000 for a base model seems hard to comprehend at this point. Regardless, this price is rarely something people end up paying for base models anywhere. From dealer markups to supply and demand issues, we will have to wait and see what happens.

All the EV trucks... for now

There’s a few other electric truck companies share promising the moon, however I’ll leave them off this list for now and wait to see what happens. This sums up AvtoWow’s best electric trucks list for 2022.

I’m looking forward to updating this list as I personally LOVE trucks and use one currently for work. Do you?