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.
2020 will be a “watershed year” when it comes to the adoption of electric cars and trucks. By the end of this year there will likely be twice as many models of EVs being sold, including by the major automakers.
Ford, for one, is now selling the Mustang Mach E, an electric crossover with up to 300 miles of range, selling for $43-50,000. Tesla is now delivering its Model Y, a crossover built on the same platform as the successful Model 3. It too boasts a range up to 300 miles and sells for $43-56,000. I predict it will be Tesla’s best-selling model so far.
Mercedes is bringing its EQC 400 4-matic crossover to market this year, joining the already successful Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron. Volvo is bringing to market the XC40 Recharge SUV, as well as the Polestar 2 sedan, which is marketed in partnership with the Chinese firm Geely.
Rivian is bringing out both an SUV and its electric pickup this year. Instead of one electric motor between the front and rear wheels, it has a motor in each wheel hub, allowing it to do a “tank turn” – literally turn on a dime like a tank! Another electric pickup is coming next year from Bollinger, when the Tesla Cybertruck is also expected.
The Porsche Taycan is already in its second year of production.
Mini Cooper has already started selling its SE Electric. Hyundai is in the second year of selling its Kona electric, which has a 258-mile range and sells for just under $37,000. The latest Nissan Leaf has a range up to 226 miles for $38,200. Chevrolet continues to sell the Bolt.
The newer brands of electric vehicles still enjoy the $7,500 federal tax credit plus the $4,000 Colorado tax credit, making them less costly than equivalent gas-powered cars.
Personally, I recommend buying used EVs, which are as good as new (because they have so few components that can fail), for under $10,000 to $30,000+. Green Eyed Motors in Boulder specializes in the sale of used EVs and has 15 in stock as I write this, including several under $10,000 and this 2013 Model SPerformance below, which probably sold new for $125,000. Asking price: $35,999.