Are electric pick-up trucks really the answer?
Sure, they are good. But are they the answer?
There are two current options of futuristic motoring for you to choose. By now, unless you live in a hole, you will discover that these are both Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Battery EVs. And the way I see it, BEVs are the now, and FCVs are the future.
But it's OK if you don't agree with me here. However, as time goes on, almost every style of car or truck that we know today is going to have need to have a long conversations with the laws of nature. One of the most obvious is the truck.
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I love trucks. Even though I am not the red-necked hick that is associated with them, I still love trucks. They are practical, actually good off-road, and powerful enough to pull the whole of Buckingham Palace down with only 3,500 revs. It took a catastrophic amount of time, welcome to almost 2020, where all of this above can be had with only one purchase.
However, with the push to save the environment and buy electric, there is now a growing concern, not for cars or wagons or anything currently taking your grandma to Church, but for our trucks. The big question now comes up saying: Do they even have a future?
If you did get scared off by that last question, please come back, because I think the answer is yes. Just not with electric.
Although recently trucks have been given the status of "Big Truck, Small Penis" or "Should be extinct dinosaur," trucks were never meant to be your average grocery getter with your mother at the wheel. Trucks are not a fashion item, they are meant to be put to good use!
These "Get out of my way" machines were meant to do something. They are for dirty-handed drivers who wear jeans have a mustache. They are for getting work done seriously and efficiently. Whether you need to go off-road, build a shed, or haul tons of equipment, today's modern trucks can do all with the push of a button and a turn of a dial. Literally.
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This is all nice, but when you get into the electric side of things, this is where the whole concept begins to fall flat on its Texan-sized face. So here are a few reasons as to why the EV upstarts may have bigger shoes to fill beyond their original standards.
There really aren't a great many times you have seen a Tesla in the trees with the owner wearing full camouflage while tracking down a bear. This is because your typical EV, with all its batteries and tech, weighs just over your average bus. And although they are capable of getting you to a certain place unharmed, you'd better not ask it to take you up a mountain after a Monsoon or harsh blizzard.
And yes, it certainly isn't everyday that you find yourself in this situation, but if you ever do, you might want to think twice about ordering Elon or Henry's EVs with a bed.
There is no denying that EVs have a ton of torque. They can get off the line faster than your dog, and efficiently as well. And also, with tons of torque comes tons of towing, another big factor trucks are here to handle.
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And it seems that here, the EV boys of tomorrow will mutilate the competition like the Spartans against everybody else. And yes, an electric Ford F-150 was caught pulling one million pounds of train car, but then it seems as if towing a train car a couple yards is really only as far as you could go.
As with gas trucks, you may find yourself doing something productive, but really really difficult. You will be accustomed to seeing the fuel gauge move slowly by the second, until only 40 miles has past, and you are filling up your truck for another 40 miles. This isn't very efficient, but just as you can watch that gauge tick empty, the same will go for any EV. And it isn't like you can just go to any gas station and recharge your battery for an hour or so. That infrastructure just doesn't exist yet.
I am not against EVs anymore. They are a very good present solution and answer to the future. However, when it comes to doing work with your actual hands and scraping your boots, there is no EV that will ever do what your 1977 K20 did. Sure, if I am proven wrong, I am proven wrong, but the fact off the matter is, if you want a truck that can do all of what it's supposed to, there isn't much reason to buy electric. There is a plethora of trucks out there to choose from for a wide variety of purposes.
Sorry Elon, you might need to go back to the drawing board with this one.