Auto startup Canoo just entered the electric pickup race – here are the coolest features in trucks from Tesla, Rivian, and more

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo says its truck will hit the market in 2023, but preorders will open this year.

  • Electric pickup trucks are set to flood the car market over the next couple of years.
  • Startups and legacy carmakers promise to pack their trucks with innovative features.
  • For example, Bollinger’s B2 will have removable doors, and the GMC Hummer EV will drive diagonally.
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Electric-vehicle startup Canoo on Wednesday unveiled an upcoming pickup loaded with fold-out work surfaces, a customizable back seat, and an extendable bed. But it’s not the only carmaker planning an electric truck with unique features.

Established makes like Ford, General Motors, and Tesla – along with upstarts like Rivian and Bollinger – are all racing to introduce battery-powered options to the hugely popular vehicle segment, and they’re trying their best to one-up each other in the process.

From what we know so far, many of these forthcoming EV trucks share some key qualities. With exceptions, they generally claim to pack tons of horsepower, supercar-like acceleration, and a great deal of utility into a sleek, futuristic package.

Read more: REVEALED: How much Tesla, Rivian, and Nikola pay their employees, from engineers to managers

Plus, several companies are looking to set themselves apart from the pack by cramming their trucks with useful and just-plain-cool features – everything from a removable roof to in-truck storage for a slide-out camp kitchen.

Check out some of the wildest features promised in the Rivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck, Bollinger B2, GMC Hummer EV, Canoo pickup, and Lordstown Endurance below.

Although they’re not on the market just yet, multiple electric pickup trucks are set to take the world by storm over the next couple of years.

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo pickup truck

Electric pickups on the way include the Rivian R1T, Bollinger B1, GMC Hummer EV, Lordstown Endurance, and, of course, the controversially styled Tesla Cybertruck.

The Cybertruck, Tesla's first electric pickup truck, is seen in this undated handout picture released by the company. Tesla/Handout via REUTERS.
The Cybertruck, Tesla’s first electric pickup truck, is seen in this undated handout picture released by the company

We don’t have all the details yet about these trucks, but here are some of the coolest features that will apparently be available.

Rivian R1T
Rivian R1T.

Canoo’s pickup will have a work surface that folds out from its frunk…

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo pickup truck

And tables that fold down from its sides as well.

Canoo truck 1
Canoo pickup truck.

It’ll also have a built-in bed extender that lengthens it from six to eight feet.

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo pickup truck.

Canoo also included a hidden step that makes it easier to access the bed. It’s also a drawer where owners can stash food, drinks, and valuables when out and about.

Canoo pickup truck
Canoo pickup truck.

Rivian’s R1T will feature what the company calls a “gear tunnel,” essentially a long cargo compartment running widthwise through the middle of the truck, behind the rear seats.

Rivian R1T gear tunnel
Rivian R1T.

That tunnel can potentially be customized for lots of different purposes such as a slide-out camp kitchen, which is a $5,000 add-on.

Rivian R1T Camp Kitchen
Rivian R1T.

According to patent filings, the R1T also may have a “swing and drop” tailgate that can fold out to 90 degrees like a standard tailgate, or drop all the way down to 180 degrees for easier access to the bed.

Rivian R1t
Rivian R1T.

Source: Motor Authority

Not to mention, the R1T can spin in place like a tank.

Rivian R1T
Rivian R1T.

Not sure exactly what that tank-turn feature means? 

Fun. That’s what it means. 

The GMC Hummer EV, unveiled in October, promises optional features like an “extract mode” that lifts the vehicle by six inches on demand …

2022 GMC HUMMER EV 038
2022 GMC Hummer EV.

… and a four-wheel-steering system that cuts down its turning radius and lets it drive diagonally.

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2022 GMC Hummer EV.

The Hummer EV also sports a transparent roof made of removable panels.

2022 GMC HUMMER EV 065
2022 GMC Hummer EV.

To help with challenging off-road terrain, customers will be able to opt for underbody cameras …

2022 GMC HUMMER EV 039
2022 GMC Hummer EV.

… as well as underbody armoring to protect the battery and other vulnerable spots.

2022 GMC HUMMER EV 040
2022 GMC Hummer EV.

Tesla’s Cybertruck failed to live up to the hype within minutes of its debut due to its supposedly unbreakable windows, but the model has no shortage of features that’ll be quite exciting – should they come to be.

FILE PHOTO: Nov 21, 2019;  Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A; Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Cybertruck at the TeslaDesign Studio in Hawthorne, Calif. The cracked window glass occurred during a demonstration on the strength of the glass.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY
News: Tesla Cybertruck

During the Cybertruck’s reveal event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off a retractable ramp for loading dirt bikes, ATVs, and other cargo into the bed.

Tesla cybertruck ATV

Tesla also claims the retro-futuristic truck will be impervious to dents, scratches, and bullets thanks to a thick, stainless-steel body.

Cybertruck 1
Tesla Cybertruck.

It’ll also purportedly have a transparent roof that can be optioned with solar cells. Musk said on Twitter that the solar-roof option could generate 15-plus miles of charge per day.

Cybertruck 3
Tesla Cybertruck.

Source: Elon Musk on Twitter

Built for utility, the boxy Bollinger B2 doesn’t have much in the way of modern conveniences. It sports manual windows, manual mirrors, analog gauges, and no screens, but it still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Bollinger Motors B2 driving outdoors
Bollinger B2.

It boasts removable windows, doors, and roof panels.

8 Bollinger Motors B1 glass roof top outdoors
Bollinger B2.

Plus, it will supposedly have a nifty, folding rear-cabin wall, which will make room for bulkier items that won’t fit in the bed.

21 Bollinger Motors B2 side outdoors
Bollinger B2.

Without a pesky engine in the way, the B2 will offer a full-length pass through, which lets owners haul 16-foot-long boards and other cargo.

bollinger pass through
Bollinger.

The Lordstown Endurance, meanwhile, claims to have a drivetrain with only four moving parts.

Endurance electric pickup truck by Lordstown Motors
The Endurance.

That’s because it has a hub motor in each wheel.

Lordstown Endurance   Sneak Peek 3
The Endurance.

But while the EV pickups are on the way, they won’t be here right away. Lordstown Endurance, Hummer EV, and R1T deliveries are expected to begin in 2021, while an electric Ford F-150 won’t be around until mid 2022.

Endurance electric pickup truck by Lordstown Motors
The Endurance.

Source: Road & Track

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Elon Musk teases a Tesla Cybertruck availability update as soon as April

Tesla Cybertruck
Elon Musk unveils Tesla’s Cybertruck concept

Elon Musk on Saturday teased an update about the availability of Tesla’s forthcoming Cybertruck as soon as April.

“Update probably in Q2. Cybertruck will be built at Giga Texas, so focus right now is on getting that beast built,” the CEO said on Twitter in response to a question about the truck’s first deliveries.

 

In January, Musk said the F-150 competitor’s engineer was nearly finished and that Tesla would soon begin designing an assembly line to build it. 

“We’re no longer iterating at the design center level or design level,” he said. “We’ve got the designs fixed. We’re getting to — we’ll soon order the equipment necessary to make the Cybertruck work.”

Tesla’s newest factory near Austin, Texas, is currently under construction, with a completion date set for later in 2021. 

The futuristic-looking truck comes at a crucial time for Tesla, which is already beginning to lose ground to competitors. Electric pickups are a crucial hurdle in mass market battery adoption – and key profit center for competitors like Ford.

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Ram started production on the 1500 TRX, its blisteringly quick 702-horsepower answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

  • Ram has started production on its 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, a ridiculously powerful off-road pickup that the company hopes will take on the Ford Raptor. 
  • The TRX sports a 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 that puts out a wholly unnecessary 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. 
  • According to Ram, it can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is blisteringly quick for a hulking, gas-powered truck. 
  • The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX will start at $69,995, while the 702-unit launch edition is priced at $90,315. 
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For years, Ram’s had the idea for a Ford Raptor-beating, desert-thrashing, high-performance pickup in the works – and now it’s finally arrived. 

After unveiling the truck in August, Ram on Thursday announced it’s started production on the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, a completely over-the-top truck with 702 horsepower, 650 pound-feet of torque, and a 0-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds.

You read that right – Ram says this massive pickup will sprint to 60 mph as quickly as some purpose-built sports cars. All that oomph comes from the 6.2-liter supercharged Dodge Hellcat engine Ram stuffed under the hood.

But make no mistake: Ram did a lot more than just Hellcat-ify a run-of-the-mill 1500 pickup. The company transformed the truck into a desert-ready beast by building a stronger frame, revamping its suspension, giving it a wider stance, and lifting it by two inches. 

Keep scrolling to learn more about the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Ram started production on its long-awaited competitor to the Ford Raptor, which the company calls the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world.”

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

To build the truck – dubbed the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX – Ram took its 1500 pickup and crammed in a supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 that it says is good for 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

That combination sends the full-size pickup from 0 to 60 mph in a ludicrous 4.5 seconds, the company said.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The TRX hits 100 mph in a frightening 10.5 seconds and smashes the quarter mile in just 12.9.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The all-around-absurd truck also is capable of a top speed of 118 mph, Ram says.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The TRX’s hood scoop is actually functional and accounts for roughly half the air fed to the truck’s monstrous engine.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The Ram badge up front is also hollowed out to help with airflow.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

But the company didn’t just plop a 702-horsepower engine into the 1500 and call it a day. Ram gave the 1500 numerous upgrades to make it a better performer in harsh, off-road conditions.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

For starters, the TRX sits on a new frame made from high-strength steel …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

… and is eight inches wider than the standard 1500.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

It rides on an overhauled suspension …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

… that allows for 13 inches of wheel travel at all four corners, a 40% increase over other 1500 models.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The TRX rides two inches higher than than 1500, giving it 11.8 inches of ground clearance.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

It can also ford up to 32 inches of water …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

… and comes with knobby, 35-inch tires.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Built for high-speed off-roading, the TRX sports a “Baja” mode that calibrates four-wheel-drive and steering systems, suspension, and stability control for “ultimate desert performance.”

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Let’s face it, most TRX buyers – like most Raptor owners – are not going to tear across the desert at high speeds.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

But the TRX can be practical, too, offering a 1,310-pound payload capacity and 8,100-pound towing capacity.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Inside, the TRX gets plenty of bells and whistles like a heads-up display, a 12-inch touchscreen, and a wireless charging dock.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Plus, there’s an option for a leather and suede interior with carbon-fiber and red trim.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The Ram 1500 TRX starts at $69,995, while the 702-unit launch edition comes in at $90,315.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the TRX proves to be the Raptor-crushing “apex predator” Ram hopes it will be.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX
2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

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