Electric pickups are rad. They do all the things a truck is supposed to be good at, like towing and towing and generally generating tons of torque, but they do it in near silence and without tons of diesel fumes. black. Sure, they’re still in their infancy, but that’s not over yet Ryan ZumMallen of Edmunds.com from doing their long-term test Ford Lightning and Rivian R1T to a tractor in Northern California.
It’s a myth that electric cars are being converted to tractors, but what’s even more mythical is that Edmunds bought these trucks with his own money. That’s different from most long-term test vehicles, where the auto company will loan a publication car for six months to a year and then ask for it to be returned. Of course, that comes with some small ropes, like, for example, perhaps not participating in tractor towing runs with sleds that weigh three times the truck’s maximum towing rating.
What’s amazing (I’m not sorry about that, by the way) is how well these skeleton electric pickups perform. The Rivian, with its off-road tires and four electric motors, outperformed the Ford, but even the twin-engine Lightning tires on the street didn’t faze me in front of those in the stands, despite the shouts. their oh.
Doing stupid things in cars is generally a much-loved pastime among Jalopnik employees, and we like to think that if we owned our test cars, we would do this but seriously, hats off to Edmunds for actually going and doing it. You are all so silly and we salute you.