If my mailbox was a cat’s litter field, and the cat turds had been the emails I used to be truly enthusiastic about studying, the cat litter could be the nonstop flood of pitches for tales from varied firms with some type of agenda they wish to promote, from automotive gross sales to automotive components or equipment or companies or insurance coverage or no matter. I often ignore them. I didn’t ignore one at present, however not likely for good causes. The headline caught my eye: “Tesla’s Cybertruck is the Greatest General Purchase Amongst Electrical Vehicles [New Analysis].” It caught my eye as a result of how the hell is anybody calling a truck that doesn’t but exist a “greatest purchase?”
The e-mail included a hyperlink to the total “evaluation,” (I’m not together with it right here, as a result of fuck ‘em) which proved to be only a comparability of ten EV pickup vans, solely one in every of which is definitely at the moment in manufacturing, and of that record, I’d say solely, oh, six are actually prone to be in-built any numbers in any respect.
Right here’s their closing record and rating:
The rankings are primarily based on the worth, towing capability, driving vary (which they name “charging vary,” a time period that doesn’t actually make sense), towing capability, and payload. All of those numbers they appear to be getting proper from the businesses themselves, and since many — even most — of those numbers are for vans that don’t truly actually exist but and as such are unable to be truly examined, must be greatest regarded as optimistic guesses from the respective carmakers.
Briefly, ineffective PR bullshit.
This entire factor is an entire work of fiction. There may be actually one truck on that entire record that truly exists and is accessible for buy at this second: the Rivian R1T. If this evaluation was price something in any respect, it could be an inventory of 1, with the Rivian getting the highest and backside rating, as a result of, once more, it’s the one one in every of these that truly exists, is on the market, and has specs that may very well be verified objectively.
Now, there’s others which can be prone to exist: the Ford F-150 Lightning is fairly shut to completed, and factories are being prepped to construct it. I can’t think about Ford gained’t have it on the market. Similar goes for the opposite main automaker’s EV vans, the Chevy Silverado, the GMC Hummer EV, and I do assume Tesla will ultimately make a Cybertruck, however I actually wouldn’t maintain my breath for it to be notably quickly, since Tesla put it on the again burner to prioritize constructing Mannequin Ys, and Tesla has solely mentioned that manufacturing will “close to” in 2022.
So, perhaps you’ll see Cybertrucks in 2023? And, whenever you do, there’s no assure in any respect that the specs Tesla is claiming now for something can be what the ultimate manufacturing mannequin finally ends up with. Similar goes for all of the producers: I wouldn’t belief any pre-production estimates of vary or payload and even value till a truck truly exists and will get examined by folks apart from who constructed it or are in control of promoting it.
I guess Bollinger will truly construct some vans, although I do not know what number of. I don’t assume they’ll be doing huge volumes, however they’ve been at it lengthy sufficient and have proven sufficient growth and appear to have the sources to make issues occur.
I don’t really feel comfy saying that about Altis or Hercules or Lordstown or Alpha Wolf, and I certain as hell wouldn’t belief any specs or numbers any of those firms say, not less than not with out some type of affirmation or, on the very least, a closing, production-ready truck current on the earth.
So, right here’s the takeaway from this: unsurprisingly, the web is stuffed with bullshit. This insurance coverage firm checked out not less than ten EV pickups, solely one in every of which is definitely at the moment on the market, and picked a “greatest purchase” that’s a truck that, at greatest, you gained’t have the ability to purchase till 2023.
And, bear in mind for the profitable truck, Tesla’s Cybertruck, there’s one million pre-orders, so that you’re realistically about 2024 or 2025 earlier than you’d get one.
I actually like that the one one you may truly purchase got here in sixth place, too.
So for those who see any “analyses” or ‘consumers’ guides” for EV pickups on any web site quickly, bear in mind to take them with an enormous grain of salt, and do a little bit of analysis.
Now I’m going to return to ignoring these emails.