Do You Own an EV?  Bring it to Our EV Roundup on June 4  

It’s going to be the electric vehicle event of the summer — an opportunity for non-EV owners to meet 30 or more owners of different electric cars and trucks, to “kick the tires” and get their questions answered. If you have an EV you’d like to show to non-EV owners (and fellow EV owners), email me at Jim@GoldenRealEstate.com.

Electric Trucks Take Center Stage at June 4th Event in Golden

The Net Zero Store is hosting another EV Roundup in its parking lot at 17695 S. Golden Road during the SuperCruise event on Saturday, June 4th, 3 to 6 pm. At right is the Ford eTransit van owned by Helio Home.

At left is a Toyota Land Cruiser that was converted to all-electric, shown in a recent rally in Moab, Utah. The green logo on its side says “EVSwap,” the name of the Denver company which will be bringing it on June 4th.

Next is a green Rivian R1T, the first widely available electric pickup to be delivered to consumers. We had one at our April 2nd EV Roundup. A different one is coming on June 4th.

All three trucks are sure to catch the eye of gear heads displaying their gas-powered cars and trucks during that afternoon’s SuperCruise. We’re trying to get a Ford F-150 Lightning, too. We’re announcing the event early so that other EV owners can register their cars or trucks for this special event. To do so, email Jim@GoldenRealEstate.com. During the event, you’ll want to go inside The Net Zero Store, where several staffers from Helio Home, Inc., will be on hand to discuss the possibilities associated with electrifying your home and perhaps moving it toward net zero energy efficiency.

Other EVs registered so far: BMW i3; Nissan Leaf; Tesla Models S, X & Y, and Chevy Bolt. Register to bring your EV!

I Have Reserved a Ford F-150 Lightning Electric PIckup

By JIM SMITH

There’s a lot to like about Ford’s electric version of their popular F-150 pickup truck, and I joined more than 50,000 others who reserved one of them on the first two days it was available for reservations.

I’m a big fan of Teslas — Rita has a Model S and I have a Model X — but I’m no fan of its long anticipated Cybertruck. I like that Ford’s EV has the same styling and functionality of the standard F-150, plus over-the-air software updates (like Tesla), and its battery can power my home in the event of a power failure. You can reserve your own at www.Ford.com. The starting price is under $40,000, so the cost after federal and state tax credits will be under $30,000. 

For a detailed article about the F-150 Lightning Pro by Green Car Reports, click here.

Big Battery-Electric Trucks Are Coming Soon

Previously I wrote about 2021 being “the year of the electric pickup.” Well, this year is also going to see the arrival of multiple box trucks, buses (including school buses), and big rigs with electric drive trains.

Rivian is already delivering on its order of 100,000 electric delivery trucks for Amazon, shown here. Nikola has an order from Republic Services for 5,000 trash trucks using the same platform as their semi tractor (below). Even Detroit Diesel, despite its name, is going to be producing a battery-electric semi tractor (also below) for its biggest customer, Freightliner.

The Tesla Semi (bottom) begins production by the end of 2021. Introduced with great fanfare in 2017, it has been field tested, I’m told, delivering trailer loads of Tesla cars to local Tesla stores. One was spotted last year at the Littleton store.

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Nikola semi tractor
Detroit Diesel electric tractor schematic
Tesla Semi

2021 Will Be the ‘Year of the Electric Pickup’

The best selling vehicle in America for many years has been the Ford F-150 pick-up, so 2021 is bound to be a watershed year, given the number of electric pick-up trucks expected to hit the market — including, by the way, an electric F-150, which has been teased for at least a year.

Rivian is furthest along and will beat Tesla’s entry by several months. Rivian is simultaneously releasing an SUV and 4-door pickup, which appeal to the same demographic. The company is backed by Amazon, which has boosted Rivian’s financial situation by ordering 100,000 delivery vehicles to replace the blue Amazon vans we see every day in our neighborhoods. Some of them are already in service, but not in the Denver market. You may have seen an Amazon commercial featuring the new van.

Ford F-150 Electric

The F-150 Electric begins production this year. Tesla’s Cybertruck may be in production by year’s end but certainly in 2022.

Also coming this year (or soon) are GM’s Hummer EV, the Atlis XT, Bollinger’s B2, and more. Click here for ChargePoint’s article with specs and prices on these six trucks. Click here for InsideEVs.com’s list of all the electric trucks they are expecting in 2021 and 2022, including the above six trucks plus the Lordstown Endurance, the Chevrolet BET, Nikola Badger, Hercules Alpha, and Fisker Alaska. Nissan is reportedly considering hiring Hercules to create an electric Nissan Titan.

Tesla Cybertruck

Amazon van by Rivian – already in production and in service

GM’ Hummer EV

Atlas XT

Lordstown Endurance

Bollinger B2

Nikola Badger

Hercules Alpha

Fisker Alaska