Chinese Automaker Makes Electric Pickup Before Tesla

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It looks great for outdoor lovers.

Aside from owning a few notable brands such as Volvo, Polestar, and Lotus, there are very few reasons why American car enthusiasts should know much about Chinese automaker Geely.

The company makes some decent-looking cars, but none of them are sold in the United States. To be honest, there haven't been many Geely products we'd want stateside... until now. Geely just announced a new brand called Radar Auto, which will sell an all-electric pickup truck called the RD6.

The RD6 looks to be mid-size, similar to something like a Honda Ridgeline. It will deliver 600 kilometers (370 miles) per charge, though that's likely estimated on the China Light Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC), which is even more optimistic than the European WLTP standard. On the US EPA cycle, it would likely be rated at around 265 to 285 miles. Which is more than enough for most drivers.

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No pricing is currently available, but Chinese automakers like Geely are known for building vehicles that are far less expensive than their Western counterparts. Production and deliveries of the Radar RD6 will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022, at which point we should have more pricing information.

Radar will later expand its lineup with other electric lifestyle vehicles including more trucks, SUVs and even ATVs. That means Geely will not only compete with the Tesla Cybertruck, but the long-awaited Cyberquad as well. Along with the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, and GMC Hummer, this is yet another electric truck to arrive on the market before Tesla has built a single Cybertruck.

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Geely says performance and battery information will be provided soon, but customers can expect single and dual-motor options. By using the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), Geely was able to free room for a front trunk and integrate charging ports in the bed. There are no photos of the interior, so we'll have to wait to see how it stacks up against the larger American competitors.

It seems very unlikely that the Radar could ever make it stateside. Geely doesn't have any brands that could accommodate a truck in their lineup and the RD6 would be hit by the Chicken tax unless it could be built in North America. We'll just have to wait for Ford to introduce its rumored Maverick and Ranger Lightning models.

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