Today the most efficient gas-powered pickups are rated for only 22 mpg and while plug-in tech could easily double that or more, thus far only startups are announcing plans to do so.
While legacy automakers raise prices on incrementally improved conventional tech, and report increased sales for pickups and SUVs – all while petitioning President Trump to alleviate regulations – newcomers are aiming to carve out a niche plug-in business.
Put plainly: even though underfunded, and pushing long odds, enough of a business case exists today that upstarts like Workhorse, Via Motors, XL Hybrids and Tesla have started on plug-in trucks in some form or fashion – typically focused on fleet buyers for now.
Rumors that Ford may be developing a plug-in hybrid F-150 by decade’s end have gone out, and some believe GM might reveal tech it also has waiting in the wings, but to date automakers have
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