QOTD: Would You Use an EV Truck for "Truck Stuff"?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Mr. Guy wrote yesterday about how Ford F-150 Lightning owners are using their trucks for so-called "truck stuff" as much, if not more, than owners of internal-combustion engine F-150s are.

So, naturally, I am wondering -- if you bought an EV pickup, whether it's a Lightning or Rivian or whatever -- would you use it for "truck stuff"? Or would you buy it because, hey, you like how trucks look/like the higher ride height/whatever and you want an EV for range/to avoid paying high gas prices?

Put another way -- if you're already the owner of an ICE truck and do use it for "truck stuff", would you be afraid to use an EV truck for the same stuff? Or would you use an EV truck the same way, or perhaps make even more use of it for things like off-roading, towing, et cetera?

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • InCogKneeToe InCogKneeToe on Mar 08, 2023

    What is "Truck Stuff?" and who is naming it "Truck Stuff?" My truck stuff includes a 5 minute commute to work, 15 minute drive after work, Snow Plowing 3 Parking lots and 6 driveways, plus 12 mile Ice Road, haul 5-10 loads of firewood. Summer basically the same things but towing a 20' Hewescraft every weekend, launch and retrieve.

    So I don't "Tent" in it or On It, Camp out of it or other "Truck Stuff"

  • Luke42 Luke42 on Mar 08, 2023

    An F150 Lightning would be perfect for my needs, except for towing my travel trailer long distances. I'm waiting for about a 600-mile range, which should get me around 200 miles of planning-distance between charging stops with the TT.

    My wife really likes the Rivian R1T. I'm willing to play ball on that. But, until it can tow the TT, it replaced her Civic.

    EV trucks are some of the nicest tow vehicles out there, except for the short range. If I just had to tow my TT across town, I'd own one already.

    P.S. I already tow with a hybrid pickup, and I can't wait to ditch complexity of the ICE drivetrain. It always tows better in electric mode.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Mar 08, 2023

    "P.S. I already tow with a hybrid pickup, and I can't wait to ditch complexity of the ICE drivetrain. It always tows better in electric mode."

    Ya because the batteries and thermal management systems aren't complex at all in todays EV's.......LOL

    My 16 year old Tahoe has 193K miles. You think the battery in any EV PU will last 16 MN winters and 200K miles? Good luck with that.

  • Ron Lovell Ron Lovell on Mar 10, 2023

    I have 3 rental properties and will use it like my 2003 F-250. Hauling, towing (in town), and commuting to work (20 miles). I will also have free charging at work. No gas, plenty of torque and HP. What's not to love?