The electric truck market is ready to explode.
The first wave of electric trucks is about to hit the US car market, and while major competitors such as the Tesla Cybertruck, Ford's F-150 Lightning, and the highly anticipated Hummer EV Pickup, are set to sell in large quantities, smaller players like Rivian with its R1T Truck are also looking for a piece of the EV pie. And now another newcomer is planning on joining the race. EV startup EdisonFuture recently showcased its EF1-T pickup and EF1-V commercial van at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show and made quite the impression with its sleek designs and impressive performance. The startup, which forms part of Chinese renewable energy company SPI, has some big plans for the future and hopes to start deliveries in 2025.
Judging by the design of the EF1-T pickup, EdisonFuture is off to a promising start. This clean EV truck measures 243 inches long ( there's also an optional eight-foot bed), making it significantly longer than the Tesla Cybertruck. The exterior features a set of hardcore off-road tires, flush door handles, a clean front-end with thin LED lights and a sloping windshield that looks like something out of an episode of Power Rangers. For added practicality, a pair of fold-out side steps are also included.
Motivating this machine is a standard 120-kWh battery that powers a single motor producing 440 horsepower. This gives the EF1-T pickup a range of 300 miles, and a towing capacity of 7,500 lbs. The zero-to-sixty sprint will take 6.5 seconds.
The Standard model will be joined by two other trims, namely the Premium, and Super. The Premium will be powered by a 150-kWh battery and adds another motor for a total power output of 690 hp. It also gets a longer range of 380 miles, a towing capacity of 9,000 lbs, and a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The Super features a 180-kWh battery, three motors with a total power output of 816 hp, a 450-mile range, and a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds. The 0-60 mph sprint drops down to 3.9 seconds. All three models will have a payload capacity of 3,000 pounds. EdisonFuture says that its truck can be fitted with solar panels and photovoltaics lining the roof, as well as a bed cover for an additional 25 to 35 miles of range.
EdisonFuture will also be pitching its EV van to small businesses and dudes who run adventure YouTube channels. The EF1-V commercial van will be offered in cargo sizes ranging from 260 to 400 cubic feet, and will be offered in single-motor standard range trim, or twin-motor long range trim. On the inside, both the truck and van feature a 17.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display and dual seven-inch screens for external camera displays.
"The EV space is growing at such a rapid pace, so there is opportunity for numerous OEMs to address the demand. Because our main goal is electric vehicle adoption, we simply provide additional choices that are unique, stylish, and complete with features and specs that create a unique value proposition for drivers," says Chief Marketing Officer Jose Paul Plackal.
A little bit of competition has never been a bad thing, especially in the automotive industry, and we can't wait to see one of these beauties in the wild.