2019 Ford F-150
We've called this year the year of the electric SUV, for the number of such vehicles expected to hit the streets in 2019.
So far, though, the news seems recently seems to be all about electric pickups.
After Michigan startup automaker Rivian debuted its concept R1T electric pickup at the LA auto show in November, Ford said that it might be planning a future all-electric version of its bestselling F-Series pickup. General Motors' GMC luxury-truck division revealed that it is also considering building an electric version of its Sierra pickup, though the company did not confirm its plans.
Since Rivian has already announced a date to roll its truck into dealerships (2021), and GMC's plans aren't definite, we asked readers in our Twitter poll last week how soon they expect the electric F-150 to arrive.
How soon Ford actually starts selling a fully-electric version of its top-selling and most profitable model could say a lot about how serious the company is about transitioning its lineup to electric power—or at least how seriously our readers take it.
How soon do you expect an electric Ford F-150 to arrive?— Green Car Reports (@GreenCarReports) January 22, 2019
The largest portion of our readers, 35 percent, thought the most likely timeline is 2022-2023, not fast enough to beat Rivian, but not far behind. Slightly fewer think Ford is probably just starting out, perhaps spurred on by Rivian's enthusiastic reception in Los Angeles, choosing 2024-2025 as the most likely timeline. Barely a fifth, 21 percent expect an electric F-150 to beat the startup Rivian to market, choosing 2020-2021 as their expected timeline. It's not clear how confident these respondents are of that result, versus how many just think that's what should happen.
Most readers at least took Ford's announcement seriously. Only 17 percent thought the truck will come later than 2025, or possibly never.
As always, our Twitter polls are unscientific, because of low sample size, and because our respondents are self-selected. As always, though they have plenty to say.