Electric Pickup Trucks Are in a Reservation Race as Production Trickles On

Development and sales momentum is shifting in electric vehicles' (EVs) favor, but there's massive pent up demand, going by sales numbers, as the semiconductor chip shortage and other parts procurement issues hamper their roll out.

Still, automakers continue to address long wait lists for their EVs. However, many have closed the order banks as demand surges far past what the companies are able to produce in the next few years.

The Ford F-150 Lightning, GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck and a few others are now part of the electric truck marketplace. Of those, only Tesla is taking deposits without yet delivering a single pickup. This month Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it will be in production in 2023.

With production delays, reservation lines are getting long, with some potential Rivian owners who got into line in 2019 still without a vehicle.

How long will you have to wait for your new electric pickup truck? Check out the list below to see how many pre-orders and reservation holders each vehicle has.

There are also a few upcoming EV pickups to keep an eye on, which are included in this list.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 Lightning can be a home’s backup power source. Ford Motor Company

Ford F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup was unveiled in May of 2021 and reservations started flowing in immediately. It comes with two motors and four-wheel drive, and with a range between 230 and 300 miles on a single charge.

The F-150 Lightning starts at just under $40,000 in Ford Lighting Pro trim, and goes up to more than $90,000 for the Platinum trim with all the options.

Ford currently has more than 200,000 reservations for all version of the truck. It had almost 50,000 reservations in the first 48 hours. The company has the capacity to build 15,000 of the trucks in 2022, 55,000 in 2023 and 80,000 in 2024, which still won't take care of the current holders.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1
The new GMC Hummer EV pickup truck has a lot of upside but there are a few key fails. General Motors

GMC Hummer EV

The new Hummer EV was introduced in October of 2020 and like the Lightning, was an immediate hit. Taking one of the least efficient passenger vehicles to ever roll the streets and turning it into a zero-emissions EV was a smart plan, proven by its popularity.

The first of the Hummer models out of the gate, the Hummer EV Edition 1, comes with three motors making 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque. Less powerful and less expensive models will come later.

GMC has more than 75,000 orders for the new Hummer EV Pickup and SUV, though the company doesn't break those numbers out by model year or trim level.

Rivian R1T
The Rivian R1T electric pickup beat Ford, Chevy and Ram to the market. Rivian

Rivian R1T

Startup Rivian was surprisingly the first to bring an electric pickup truck to the market in its R1T. The R1T slots in between midsize pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado. It comes with four electric motors combining for power levels between 402 horsepower and 835 horsepower. It can tow 11,000 pounds and has ranges up to 400 miles with the biggest battery.

The Rivian R1T starts at $67,500 before EV tax credits and the company says it currently has more than 90,000 preorders. Vehicles are being delivered now, but with its manufacturing capacity it still looks like two years of production.

Tesla Cybertruck
The Tesla Cybertruck has been plagued by delays. Tesla

Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck was introduced in 2019 as an angular, stainless-steel pickup with built-in bed ramps, tonneau cover and four-wheel drive. Three versions have been announced with ranges varying between 250 and 500 miles. Tesla also claims the most powerful three-motor version will go from zero to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.

The Cybertruck was supposed to go into production in 2021, then 2022 and it was recently delayed again until 2023. That's a lot of time to build up a preorder list, and though Tesla is notoriously cagey with the press, the company has more than 1 million reservations.

Chevrolet Silverado EV
The Chevrolet Silverado EV is expected to available for the 2024 model year. General Motors

Chevrolet Silverado EV

The Chevrolet Silverado EV was announced in January and will get a claimed 400-mile range on a full charge on the least expensive Work Truck model. The pickup will deliver up to 664 horsepower and more than 780 pound-feet of torque. Like the Lightning the Silverado EV will offer on-board power to run tools and other electrical devices.

CEO Mary Barra said Chevy has about 140,000 reservations for the new vehicle, which will go on sale sometime in 2023 as a 2024 model year truck.

Electric GMC Sierra Denali
The electric GMC Sierra Denali is teased for the first time by General Motors. General Motors

GMC Sierra EV

In December GMC announced its electric pickup called the Sierra EV. It will feature the same Ultium powertrains and race modes as the Silverado and Hummer, but as GMC is a bit more premium the cabin should feel slightly upscale. The Sierra isn't yet available to be reserved.

The full reveal will happen later this year and the Sierra EV will go into production in 2023. It's expected to hit showrooms as a 2024 model year like the Silverado.

Lordstown Endurance
Lordstown Motors, unveils their new electric pickup truck Endurance in Lordstown, Ohio, on October 15, 2020. MEGAN JELINGER/AFP via Getty Images

Lordstown Endurance

Lordstown Motors is another new automaker based out of Lordstown, Ohio at an assembly plant previously owned by General Motors. The plant was just bought by Foxconn who will complete the manufacturing. The Endurance pickup comes with four electric motors, one in each wheel, delivering a claimed 600 horsepower with an estimated range of 250 miles.

The company recently confirmed it will be producing up to 500 pickups beginning in the third quarter of 2022 and deliveries are set for the fourth quarter.

Like the Cybertruck, the Endurance has had multiple delays first being promised in 2020, then 2021 and now 2022. Last year Lordtown said it has more than 100,000 reservations for the pickup.