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TRUCK YEAH!

Automakers debut electric trucks and SUVs

Electric vehicles, or EVs, aren’t new to the auto industry, but automakers are now introducing electric trucks and SUVs to their lineup. The following upcoming electric utility vehicles promise consumers that heavy duty capability doesn’t necessarily have to engender heavy duty emissions.

TESLA’S CYBERTRUCK

Elon Musk’s latest future-forward offering from the Tesla brand is the Cybertruck, an electric pickup truck with a stainless steel body, or “exoskeleton,” and an overall aesthetic that can only be described as deeply brutalist. The Cybertruck starts at the same price as Tesla’s entry-level Model 3 and Model Y, but goes up according to additional specs. Tesla has said that the basic Cybertruck model will get at least 250 miles on a full battery, and that it has a 7,500-pound towing capacity. Cybertruck production will begin in late 2021.

THE BADGER

Automaker Nikola Corporation is releasing the Badger, the brand's first electric pickup truck, which boasts a longer maximum mile range than Tesla. The Badger can travel up to 600 miles per charge between its combined hydrogen fuel cell and battery power and can tow over 8,000 pounds, staying true to Nikola’s commitment to manufacturing “heavy-duty” use EVs. What’s more, the Badger can operate in negative 20-degrees Fahrenheit, setting it apart from other electric pickup trucks. The Badger will debut to the public at Nikola World 2020 in September.

GMC’S HUMMER EV

GMC, a division of General Motors that focuses primarily on trucks and utility vehicles, is bringing back the Hummer in 2022, but with an eco-friendly, all-electric redesign that’s miles away from the gas-guzzling vehicle people are generally familiar with (indeed, this new Hummer EV will herald a “quiet revolution,” according to the brand’s marketing). Recently, Super Bowl viewers were treated to a commercial teasing the release of this electric Hummer truck, which featured LeBron James. James emphasizes the quiet power of the upcoming vehicle, and reiterates that it will create zero emissions. The GMC Hummer EV will officially debut on May 20, 2020, and production will begin in late 2021.