5 electric vans to expect in 2022/23
Electric cars are becoming quite common. There’s hardly a carmaker that doesn’t have at least one all-electric model in its lineup and most of the big names have an entire electric division. Tesla may lead the charge when it comes to electric vehicles, but it’s no longer alone in its quest.
However, there is still a lot to play for in the seemingly inevitable transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles. Two-seaters, convertibles and minivans remain largely unexplored, as more and more favor SUVs and crossovers. But the larger sector is about to see an all-out battle.
In the United States, the three best-selling vehicles in 2021 were all trucks: the Ford F-150, the Ram pickup and the Chevrolet Silverado. The Ford F-150 and the Chevy Silverado are among the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the world. So the fact that these three models come out with an electric version next year will have a huge impact on the electric vehicle market.
That’s not all. Tesla’s Cybertruck is now slated for 2023, Rivian has already launched its pickup truck, and Ford has hinted at a second electric truck model on the way. It will probably be a version of the Ford Ranger, which sells worldwide. There’s also a suggestion that Volkswagen could launch a pickup version of its upcoming VW Buzz for the US market.
Electric vans coming in 2022/23
1. Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford’s best-selling electric pickup was always going to be a big deal. Five out of 100 vehicles sold in the United States last year were a Ford F-Series truck, so even if a small percentage of those are switching to an electric version, that’s a huge change.
The Ford F-150 Lightning was announced in May 2021 and the first models were delivered to customers in April 2022. With an estimated range now increased to 320 miles, a payload of 2,000 lbs and a towing capacity of 10,000 lb is a workhorse of a truck. It has 11 outlets on board to power your tools – or your campsite – and can even plug into your home to keep everything working in the event of a power outage.
Pricing starts at $39,974 (US only) plus up to $7,500 in potential federal savings. However, orders are currently closed and new requests should wait until at least 2023.
2. Tesla Cybertruck
The Tesla Cybertruck was first announced in 2019 and looked so wild that most thought it would never reach production. However, in recent months we have seen more and more production prototypes and when Tesla’s new factory in Texas opened it was given a delivery estimate of 2023 for those who have already booked.
The Cybertruck still looks like something designed for outer space, but we’re doing a little more on its functionality. There’s adaptive air suspension, a 3,500 lb payload, 14,000 lb towing, vault-like storage in the rear bed, a projected 2.9-second 0-60 mph acceleration and up to 500 miles of range. These numbers are far from definitive but if the actual numbers come close, the Cybertruck will offer real competition to the big names in trucking.
The base price is expected to be $39,900 (around £32,000 / AU$56,000), but higher-end models could cost upwards of $81,900 (around £65,500 / AU$115,600).
3. Chevrolet Silverado RST
The Chevrolet Silverado EV debuted at CES in January 2022 and, like the Ford, takes the existing pickup as its base. The design is curvy and modern-looking pickup truck and it promises an impressive spec list, including a 400-mile range, towing up to 10,000 lbs and an innovative multi-flex mid-door, which allows longer items to pass through the back of the cabin to fit up to 10 feet in bed length.
Like the Ford, it has a large storage space in the front trunk. It also promises adaptive air suspension at all four corners, rear-wheel steering and hands-free supercruise driving. The initial reservation sold out in minutes, and the first models are expected to ship in fall 2023 at a base price of $39,900.
4. Ram 1500EV
At the Chicago Auto Show in February, Ram said it was starting a year-long conversation with its users to figure out what they want from an electric truck. In April, however (the week Ford delivered its first F-150 EVs), it managed to “steal thunder,” as it puts it, by revealing that it would launch its electric EV in the fall of 2022.
There are no details yet on what the truck will look like, what it will feature or how much it will cost, but we can expect it to be at least loosely based on the existing Ram 1500 model. Production models are unlikely to ship before the end of 2023.
5. Ford Ranger (planned)
As the first Ford F-150 Lightning rolled off the production line, CEO Jim Farley hinted there was another electric pickup on Ford’s way. This next-gen electric truck would be different from the Lightning and most likely a version of the Ford Ranger.
The beauty of the Ford Ranger is that it already has a global following, which means an electric Ford truck could be coming to the UK (the F-150 is too big for UK roads and parking spaces).
Sure, it could be a new model from the existing Ranger and Maverick options, but that seems unlikely. The range needs to be revised and it would be logical for this revision to include an electric transmission. There’s no reason for this model to get a full announcement later in 2022, although it could be 2024 before we see it hit the road.
6. VW Buzz pickup (concept)
Volkswagen ID. Buzz is based on a long-held concept of a modern VW Camper, and while it’s not as curvy as early concepts, it still turns heads. For World Design Day, however, the company released a new concept of the ID.Buzz as a van.
The Buzz is already expected to come in a second Buzz Carbo form, which would give the minivan cargo space behind a bulkhead, but the idea of a pickup version has potential in the northern market. -American.
As we saw above, there is huge interest in the electric pickup market and the ID Buzz pickup could attract a portion of the market interested in something a little more fun. Electric pickups like the Ford F-150 Lightning are attracting interest from drivers who wouldn’t normally consider a pickup, so perhaps that group is more likely to be swayed by something resembling a halfway house.