Rivian R1T electric pickup concept
The race is on to sell an electric car that doesn't look like an economy hatchback or a luxury sedan.
With light trucks—pickups and SUVs—making up almost 70 percent of the market in 2018, automakers are scrambling to build these types of vehicles with all types of powertrains, including electric models.
- Tesla, whose CEO has been talking up an electric pickup from the brand for years now, and has asked customers to suggest features they want, but has yet to actually show anything;
- Ford, which has promised a hybrid version of its new F-150 pickup, along with six pure electric vehicles by 2022, and may be working on an electric F-150;
- Or Bollinger Motors, which has built prototypes of a one-ton SUV and shown concept renderings of a planned pickup based on it, but is still seeking funding to produce either.
For our Twitter poll last week, we asked our followers which of these companies they thought might get an electric pickup into consumers' driving or work gloves first.
Which company will sell the first personal-use electric pickup?— Green Car Reports (@GreenCarReports) January 7, 2019
Our poll asked: "Which company will sell the first personal-use electric pickup?"
Rivian, whose R1T electric pickup prototype ran away with the show in LA, also ran away with our poll, garnering 36 percent of responses.
That was followed by Bollinger, whose recent renderings were inspiring. Bollinger received 30 percent of our responses.
From our ever Tesla-loving crowd, the global-warming disruptor earned 25 percent of our votes.
With only 9 percent of our responses, Ford, which has not confirmed a production-bound electric F-150 but has dropped hints it's working on a prototype, may be seen as an old-Detroit dinosaur.
As always, remember that our Twitter polls are not scientific, because of their low sample size, and because those who respond are self-selected.