Ford is probably working on electric follow-ups to its Maverick and Ranger trucks

A line drawing of a Ford electric pickup.
Ford teased future electric pickups at an event in May.

  • Ford could follow up the F-150 Lightning with electric versions of the Maverick and Ranger pickups.
  • The vehicles aren’t official, but Ford said in May it plans to develop a mid-size electric truck
  • Ford CEO Jim Farley has said the new Maverick could become a family of trucks, including an EV.
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The recently revealed F-150 Lightning is Ford’s first all-electric truck, but it won’t be the company’s last.

Although Ford hasn’t officially announced any new electric pickups yet, it has given every indication that it’s working on a battery-powered version of the mid-size Ranger or its new compact truck, the Maverick. Or both.

During an event in May, Ford announced two new platforms it’ll use for a slew of electric vehicles it’s planning to unleash over the next several years. One will underpin future utility vehicles and full-size pickups, presumably including the next-generation F-150 Lightning around the middle of the decade.

The other will form the basis for a huge variety of all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive models, including commercial vans, off-road SUVs, family haulers, and “mid-sized trucks,” Ford COO Hau Thai-Tang said.

Unless Ford plans to shake up its pickup lineup with a brand-new electric model – which would go against its strategy to “electrify our icons” – that probably means an electron-powered Ranger of some sort is on the way.

That truck could be called the Ranger Splash, judging by a trademark application Ford filed earlier this month first spotted by the auto site CarBuzz. Ford sold a sporty pickup called the Ranger Splash in the mid-1990s, and it applied this month to use the “Splash” name on “Motor vehicles, namely, automobiles, pick-up trucks, electric vehicles, sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and their structural parts.”

While that’s not exactly a smoking gun, the theory isn’t so far-fetched given that Ford lifted the Lightning moniker from a high-performance F-150 it sold in the 1990s. Still, Ford could be looking to trademark “Splash” for something else entirely, like an options package.

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An electric take on the Maverick – Ford’s small pickup due out this fall – could also be just over the horizon. In an interview with Insider this month, Ford vice president Jim Baumbick, who led the pickup’s development, said of a Maverick EV that he “would not ever take anything off the table, given where electrification is going.”

And Ford CEO Jim Farley told The New York Times this month that he could see Ford developing a family of Maverick models, including an electric one.

More battery-powered pickups would come as part of the mammoth transition to EVs that Ford plans to undertake in coming years. The company plans for 40% of its sales to come from electric models by 2030, and pickups – a super-popular category that Ford is a leader in – are surely key to that goal.

A Ford spokesperson declined to comment on future products.

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Rivian’s R1T pickup has an air compressor, a built-in cooler under the bed, and a tailgate you can control through an app

Rivian R1T pickup truck
Rivian R1T deliveries are set to start in June.

  • On Friday, Rivian revealed new details about its R1T truck that’s set to hit the streets this summer.
  • The startup gave a more in-depth look at the truck’s bed, storage compartments, and overall sizing.
  • The R1T has a built-in air compressor and an under-bed storage area that can be used as a cooler.
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With billions in funding and a factory already churning out battery-powered vehicles, startup carmaker Rivian is widely considered one of the best-suited firms to take on Tesla.

And although we’ve known a lot about Rivian’s upcoming pickup and SUV for some time, the company has left some of the vehicles’ finer points a mystery.

On Friday, the Amazon-backed startup released some specifics about the R1T’s exterior and other features as it gears up to deliver its first vehicles to waiting customers.

Rivian R1T
Rivian R1T.

Rivian has never said precisely how big the R1T is – but now it says the truck falls somewhere between a mid-size and a full-size pickup. It’s 217 inches long and around 72 inches tall, making it slightly longer and taller than a Toyota Tacoma and a good bit smaller than a Toyota Tundra. The R1T sits wider than both trucks, however.

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The startup also gave a more detailed look at the truck’s various storage compartments.

The front trunk can fit two full-sized coolers and has 12-volt plugs, Rivian said. The vehicle’s unique “gear tunnel” – a horizontal storage space that can be accessed from either side of the vehicle – is 65 inches long and comes equipped with both 110-volt and 12-volt plugs. Both compartments can be opened through an app, a key fob, or exterior buttons on the vehicle.

Rivian R1T gear tunnel
Rivian R1T gear tunnel.

There are two 110-volt outlets in the bed, where Rivian also stuck two LED lights and an integrated air compressor. The bed measures 54 inches long and 83.6 inches long, with the tailgate folded down. Not surprisingly, the tailgate can be opened through an app.

Rivian R1T pickup underbed storage.
Rivian R1T underbed storage.

A locking storage unit under the bed houses a full-size spare tire. The compartment also has a drain hole so customers can fill it with ice and use it as a cooler.

Rivian plans to deliver the first R1T trucks to customers in June and says it will release more details about both the R1T and R1S in the near future.

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EV startup Canoo unveils quirky pickup coming in 2023

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo is targeting its pickup at businesses and outdoorsy consumers.

  • EV startup Canoo on Wednesday unveiled an electric pickup truck with loads of unique features.
  • It has fold out work surfaces, a hidden exterior drawer, and a built-in bed extender.
  • Canoo says deliveries will start in 2023 and the truck will be available to preorder this year.
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Yet another startup is entering the battery-powered pickup arena. And this latest entry may just have the quirky looks needed to take on the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck.

Electric-vehicle firm Canoo on Wednesday took the wraps off of a striking truck it says will hit streets come 2023. Preorders open later this year, but Canoo hasn’t yet released all specs or pricing details.

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo pickup truck.

The startup initially announced a pill-shaped EV it plans to sell under a subscription model, but has since pivoted to offer commercial vehicles people can actually own. In December it announced a lineup of delivery vans of various shapes and sizes, and now it’s moving into pickup trucks, which it’s targeting toward businesses and regular consumers.

Shares of Canoo rose more than 14% as of Thursday afternoon following the news.

Canoo decked out its pickup with a host of useful features for work and play, many of which are made possible by the flexibility an electric platform provides. There isn’t an engine up front to work around or many of the other bulky mechanical components traditional pickups have.

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo pickup truck.

Like in many EVs, there’s a front storage compartment where the engine would normally be. But Canoo’s frunk also has a fold out work table. There are also fold-down work surfaces built into the side of the bed.

Canoo’s pickup comes with a built-in bed extender that lengthens it from six to eight feet, power outlets inside the bed and cargo compartments, and a hidden pull-out step that provides easier access to the bed. The interior comes with two seats up front and a rear area that customers can configure with additional seats or other customizations.

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo pickup truck.

With its new pickup, Canoo also takes aim at the outdoorsy crowd that competing startup Rivian is targeting as well. The startup says there will be cargo racks available, along with a variety of camper shells. The pull-out step also doubles as a drawer where Canoo says owners can put their cooler.

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo pickup truck.

The truck will be built on the same modular platform as Canoo’s other vehicles. The company says the dual-motor version will deliver up to 600 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. The truck will also have a payload capacity of 1,800 pounds and at least 200 miles of range, Canoo says.

Canoo’s truck will compete with a slew of EV pickups slated to hit the market in the coming years, including the long-awaited Tesla Cybertruck, which caused a stir when it debuted in 2019 with similarly out-there styling. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in January that deliveries of the pickup will start in 2022.

The Rivian R1T and Bollinger B2 are both set to start deliveries in 2021, and electric models from Ford and Chevrolet are also on the way.

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Michigan EV-startup Bollinger shows off design updates to its $125,000 electric SUV and pickup – here’s what they’ll look like

Bollinger B1
Bollinger B1.

  • Bollinger Motors, a Michigan-based electric-vehicle startup, revealed near-production designs of its B1 SUV and B1 pickup on Thursday. 
  • The pickup and SUV still have the same boxy Hummer-esque styling as before, but with some key engineering and aesthetic changes. 
  • The B1 and B2 are set to begin production in late 2021 and have a starting price of $125,000. 
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Michigan-based electric-vehicle startup Bollinger Motors has been busy in 2020, unveiling both a sleek delivery van concept and a highly customizable truck platform.

Now, the company has released updated “near-production” designs of its flagship offroaders – the B1 SUV and B2 pickup

Bollinger officially debuted the rugged, high-end EVs in fall 2019, shortly before Tesla unveiled a likely competitor with its Cybertruck. With production of the $125,000 vehicles set to begin in late 2021, Bollinger has nearly finalized their designs. 

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The latest renderings show the same boxy Hummer-meets-Land-Rover aesthetic as before, but with some key tweaks to body shape. A far cry from the sleek, futuristic styling of upcoming electric trucks like the GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T, or Lordstown Endurance, the Bollinger B1 and B2 are set to look like nothing else on the road when they hit streets.

Check out Bollinger’s “production-intent” designs:.

At first glance, Bollinger’s latest designs don’t look very different from the prototypes and concepts the company has showed off in the past. But there are some key changes.

Bollinger B1
Bollinger B1.

Bollinger raised the truck’s beltline – where the windows meet the doors – to create more space under the frunk and to add more head clearance for passengers.

Bollinger b1 beltline skitch
Bollinger B1.

Bollinger also improved the cooling system, which allowed for some major changes to the vehicle’s front end.

Bollinger B2
Bollinger B2.

A new radiator setup let’s it do away with the air vents that previously surrounded each headlight …

Bollinger B1 Headlights skitch
Bollinger B1.

… and significantly widen the frunk.

Bollinger B1 Skitch
Bollinger B1.

Bollinger also shifted the B-pillar forward – making the rear door wider and the front door skinnier – which should make it easier for rear passengers to get in and out of the vehicle.

Bollinger B2 Skitch
Bollinger B2.

But that change meant Bollinger had to do away with its simple sliding-glass windows in favor of equally utilitarian manual-crank windows.

Bollinger B1
Bollinger B1.

The windshield, side windows, and rear window are all now taller to increase headroom and make the vehicle look more proportional.

Bollinger B2
Bollinger B2.

Finally, the pickup’s bed is now separate from the rest of the body, which Bollinger said will make it easier to repair or replace. It also means Bollinger can sell trucks without the bed for commercial applications.

Bollinger B2
Bollinger B2.

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