Electric vans are in a race for reservations as production continues
Development and sales momentum is shifting in favor of electric vehicles (EVs), but there is massive pent-up demand, based on sales figures, as semiconductor chip shortages and other parts supply issues hamper their deployment.
Yet automakers continue to manage long waiting lists for their electric vehicles. However, many have closed order banks as demand far exceeds what companies are able to produce over the next few years.
The Ford F-150 Lightning, GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck and a few others are now part of the electric truck market. Of these, only Tesla is taking deposits without yet delivering a single pickup. This month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it will be in production in 2023.
With production delays, reservation lines are getting longer, with some potential Rivian owners who came online in 2019 still without a vehicle.
How long will you have to wait for your new electric van? Check the list below to see the number of pre-orders and reservation holders for each vehicle.
There are also a few EV mics to look out for, which are included in this list.
Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup was unveiled in May 2021 and reservations started pouring in immediately. It comes with two motors and four-wheel drive, and with a range of between 230 and 300 miles on a single charge.
The F-150 Lightning starts at just under $40,000 in Ford Lighting Pro trim and goes up to over $90,000 for Platinum trim with all options.
Ford currently has over 200,000 reservations for all versions of the truck. It had nearly 50,000 bookings in the first 48 hours. The company has the capacity to build 15,000 trucks in 2022, 55,000 in 2023, and 80,000 in 2024, which still won’t support current holders.
GMC Electric Hummer
The new Hummer EV was introduced in October 2020 and, like the Lightning, was an immediate hit. Taking one of the least efficient passenger vehicles to ever hit the streets and turning it into a zero-emission electric vehicle was a smart plan, proven by its popularity.
The first of the Hummer models out of the gate, the Hummer EV Edition 1, comes with three motors that produce 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque. Less powerful and cheaper models will come later.
GMC has more than 75,000 orders for the new Hummer EV Pickup and SUV, though the company doesn’t break those numbers down by model year or trim level.
Startup Rivian was surprisingly the first to market an electric van with its R1T. The R1T slots between midsize pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado. It comes with four electric motors combining power levels between 402 horsepower and 835 horsepower. It can tow 11,000 pounds and has a range of up to 400 miles with the largest battery.
The Rivian R1T starts at $67,500 before EV tax credits and the company says it currently has more than 90,000 pre-orders. The vehicles are being delivered now, but with its manufacturing capacity, it still feels like two years of production.
The Tesla Cybertruck was introduced in 2019 as an angular stainless steel pickup with integrated bed rails, tonneau cover and four-wheel drive. Three versions have been announced with ranges varying between 250 and 500 miles. Tesla also claims the most powerful three-motor version will go from zero to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.
The Cybertruck was supposed to go into production in 2021, then 2022 and it was recently pushed back to 2023. That’s a long time to build up a pre-order list, and while Tesla is notoriously wary with the press, the company has more of 1 million reservations.
Chevrolet Silverado EV
The Chevrolet Silverado EV was announced in January and will get a claimed range of 400 miles on a full charge on the least expensive work truck model. The pickup will deliver up to 664 horsepower and over 780 lb-ft of torque. Like the Lightning, the Silverado EV will offer on-board power to run tools and other electrical devices.
CEO Mary Barra said Chevy has about 140,000 reservations for the new vehicle, which will go on sale in 2023 as a 2024 model year truck.
GMC Sierra Electric
In December, GMC announced its electric pickup called the Sierra EV. It will feature the same Ultium powertrains and race modes as the Silverado and Hummer, but since GMC is a bit more upscale, the cabin should feel slightly upscale. La Sierra is not yet available for booking.
The full reveal will take place later this year and the Sierra EV will enter production in 2023. It is expected to arrive in showrooms as a 2024 model year like the Silverado.
Lordstown Motors is another new automaker based in Lordstown, Ohio at an assembly plant previously owned by General Motors. The factory has just been bought by Foxconn which will complete the manufacturing. The Endurance pickup comes with four electric motors, one in each wheel, delivering a claimed 600 horsepower with an estimated range of 250 miles.
The company recently confirmed that it will produce up to 500 pickups starting in the third quarter of 2022 with deliveries scheduled for the fourth quarter.
Like the Cybertruck, the Endurance has had several promised delays first in 2020, then 2021 and now 2022. Last year, Lordtown said it had more than 100,000 reservations for the pickup.