Electric Truck News Roundup: Ford F-150 EV Details, GM and Nikola Partnership, and GMC Hummer Gets Crabby

Ford F-150 EV

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By Nick Kurczewski

As the automotive world slowly pivots back to a degree of normalcy, electric trucks are again making headlines and promising major advancements over the next few years. For example, Ford has promised its electric-powered F-150, due in 2022, will be the most powerful version of its popular full-size truck. That’s a big deal when you consider models like the mighty 450-horsepower F-150 Raptor and posh F-150 Limited trim level presently share that title in the F-150 family tree. 

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Meanwhile, the ink is still dry on a deal that links GM and Nikola Motors, a startup based in Phoenix. Nikola Corp. has bold ambitions to become the Tesla of the electric truck world, not to mention a leader in building hydrogen fuel-cell-powered semitrucks. The first consumer product from this deal will be the Nikola Badger, an electric or hydrogen-electric pickup that has the Tesla Cybertruck, Bollinger B2 and Ford F-150 EV in its crosshairs. 

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Lastly, the electrified version of the GMC Hummer truck will make its official appearance on Oct. 20. But before this 1,000-horsepower pickup is revealed, GMC offers a peek at the Hummer’s Crab Mode feature, which uses four-wheel steering to drive diagonally. 

The Most Powerful Ford F-150 Will Be Electric

When the Ford F-150 EV pickup arrives in mid-2022, it will be the most powerful variant of America’s best-selling truck. That means the electrified F-150 will have more than 450 hp, which is presently the highest horsepower rating in the 2020 F-150 Raptor and Limited, both of which are powered by a high-output version of the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. 

What else do we know about the electric F-150? It will have dual motors, so four-wheel drive appears to come as standard. According to Ford, it will also boast the highest torque rating offered by any of the present F-150 range. Ford says all of this available power will make the F-150 EV the fastest accelerating of its full-size trucks, too, and that it will be capable of towing heavy trailers. (At the time of writing, no performance numbers or towing specs have been revealed.)

Ford says the electric F-150 will debut a system allowing it to serve as a mobile generator to power equipment on a worksite or as a handy power source at a campsite. Since there’s no fuel-burning engine sitting under the hood, Ford says the electric F-150 will offer a “giant front trunk.” 

Like other recent electric pickups, having the convenience of an open cargo bed, plus a locking front trunk, opens up a whole new world of cargo-toting possibilities. Ford promises the electric F-150 will have over-the-air updates to ensure it stays in the thick of any ongoing tech advancements. And to further prove how serious it is about the electrification of its best-selling vehicle, Ford is investing approximately $700 million into the River Rouge factory complex where the electric F-150 will be built.

GM Partners With Nikola on Electric and Fuel-Cell Trucks  

GM and Phoenix-based Nikola have agreed to join forces when it comes to expediting the development and sales of alternative powertrains for full-size pickups and semitrucks. Highlights of the deal mean that GM gets an 11% stake in Nikola, along with economies of scale stemming from the auto giant’s ongoing development of an electric Chevrolet Silverado and Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV. Nikola will use GM’s battery and fuel-cell technology to help nudge its Badger electric pickup to market by 2022. 

The Badger is a macho-looking EV with eye-opening performance specs. In electric fuel-cell format, the Badger claims up to 600 miles of range, more than 900 peak hp, and the ability to sprint from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. The Badger will be built at an existing GM factory, which saves Nikola from spending countless millions it would have needed to build and operate its own facility. The Badger is expected to arrive in 2022, though the company is taking $100 online deposits for anyone who wants to reserve a place in the order books now.

Hummer Electric Truck Is Crabby

Answering a truck question only a crustacean might think to ask, GM has created Crab Mode for the upcoming Hummer electric pickup. Yes, in an effort to butter up potential electric truck buyers with head-turning tech, the electric Hummer uses four-wheel steering to drive diagonally. In a short promo video, the Hummer can be seen on a beach, where it stops and then deftly skirts around a double-clawed obstacle ahead. Spoiler alert: It’s a crab.

It remains to be seen whether this clever feature will be expanded to Chevrolet and GMC trucks, or if Hummer will be shellfish and keep it all to itself.

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