Who Will Lead On Electric Pickups, Electric Crossovers, Electric Semi Trucks, & Solar Roofs?

Those are the sort of numbers that would seem to play well with classic pickup users such as rancher Frank Helvey, who raises cattle and is active in the livestock auction community near Pearsall, Texas.

"I wouldn't buy one at all. It wouldn't make sense for me. It sounds like a playboy's truck, instead of a work truck," he said in an interview.

In Texas, where everything is bigger, the truck market is no exception.

The Lone Star state is home to the Dallas Cowboys, the world's best barbecue and the biggest truck market in the U.S. Texas buyers account for 15.7% of the nation's half-ton pickup market, according to Stephanie Brinley, principle auto analyst at IHS Markit. That means one out of every six half-ton pickups — like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 — are sold in Texas.

Jeff Williams, another Texas rancher, said the technology interests him, "especially if they can make an electric that has the same power and range as a one-ton diesel." But he remains skeptical of Rivian's claims and the promises made by other automakers that their electric pickups will offer capabilities matching their gas and diesel models.

Williams operates two farms and six ranches in what he called "far West Texas," 275 miles from El Paso and even further from San Antonio. So, for him, the two critical challenges are range and charging. And out in his part of the Lone Star State there are few public chargers, especially the high-speed ones he'd need access to when hauling his livestock to market.

Source : https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/03/gm-tesla-ford-race-to-build-ev-pickups-texas-ranchers-dont-want.html

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