Most electrical pickups presently within the works are huge, full-size vehicles. However a brand new electric truck survey from Autolist signifies there could possibly be vital demand—notably amongst millennials—for one thing smaller.
The Ford F-150 Lightning topped the rankings as hottest electrical truck for the second yr in a row on this annual survey, with 24% of respondents naming it their high EV pickup. However the Toyota Tacoma EV—a mannequin that does not even exist—ranked second, with 20% of respondents naming it their high decide.
The Tacoma EV possibility was notably well-liked amongst millennial respondents, who as an age group ranked it highest. As compared, the Lightning was the most well-liked truck amongst child boomers and Technology X, whereas the Tesla Cybertruck was ranked highest by Technology Z respondents. The Tacoma EV additionally had probably the most curiosity from non-truck homeowners, amongst any electrical vehicles.
Hottest electrical vehicles, truck homeowners vs. non-truck homeowners (from 2022 Autolist survey)
This might be nice information for Toyota if it was really making an electrical model of the Tacoma, a mid-size pickup smaller than full-size fashions such because the F-150. Toyota has confirmed a completely electrical pickup in “the near future,” and in 2021 it confirmed an idea with a powerful resemblance to the present Tacoma, however it hasn’t particularly confirmed a manufacturing Tacoma EV.
Along with the considerably amusing revelation that millennials are very keen on an electrical truck that does not exist, the survey had another fascinating findings concerning the present electrical truck pattern.
As a result of internal-combustion pickups are the most well-liked automobiles in the US, it is typically assumed that electrical vehicles will assist drive EV adoption. Whereas 66% of respondents who’ve owned an EV already mentioned they’d take into account an electrical truck as their subsequent automobile, simply 34% of people that have by no means owned an EV mentioned they’d take into account an electrical truck as their subsequent automobile.
2023 Toyota Tacoma
The survey discovered that worth and charging infrastructure have been main points. Simply over half (51%) of respondents mentioned they would not purchase an electrical truck as a result of they’re too costly, whereas 50% cited lack of entry to charging as the principle purpose for not contemplating an electrical truck.
Availability of charging infrastructure is a matter that impacts all EVs, however the comparatively restricted number of electrical pickups makes worth an even bigger issue for them proper now. Rivian raised costs of its R1T earlier this yr after which dropped the most affordable versions that remained. Ford additionally lately hiked the value of the F-150 Lightning by about $12,000.
Toyota Pickup EV – Picture credit score: Noriaki Mitsuhashi/N-Rak Picture Company
Different electrical vehicles marketed with decrease costs have not arrived but. Basic Motors has claimed the Chevrolet Silverado EV shall be a high-volume entry aimed toward fleets and affordability, however it hasn’t gone on sale but, and when it does there’s nothing stopping GM from elevating costs, as Ford did with fleet-oriented variations of the Lightning. On the idea/prototype stage in 2019, the Tesla Cybertruck was speculated to have a $39,900 beginning worth, however it hasn’t but been detailed in its manufacturing kind, a yr after it was initially due for first deliveries.
Within the meantime, Toyota’s greatest pickup effectivity play has been the full-size Tundra hybrid—though excessive mpg clearly is not the highest precedence.