It’s everything I could want in a single seat electric dump truck, especially since I didn’t know the class existed until I found this cool pickup truck. But now that it has raised its faint head above the tall grass and reached its pinnacle in the big world far away, it has officially won the dubious honor of becoming Alibaba’s stunning electric car of the week.
Although this novel may be small, I think it is full of heart.
The mini dump truck is just 2.85 meters long, or a solid 9 feet. But as the ol inflection says: it’s not the size that matters, but how you use it.
And with a 1-ton capacity, you can get some serious use to this little guy—even if it takes a lot of self-confidence to roll up in front of your job site friends on this camper.
There’s 420 liters (15 cubic feet) of back space to tow a literal ton of whatever you can put in it. Sure, that’s a bit less cargo space than the trunk of a Tesla Model 3. But does your truck come with a hydraulic dump feature?
* Cross arms* Then I rest my condition.
There are two 48v motors on the pickup truck, one for the steering wheels and one for the hydraulic truck. The propulsion motor is rated at 1150W, while the hydraulic pump gets a 1200W motor.
I have a specious suspicion that the committee that designed this thing asked how big the pump motor was and one of them replied, “I don’t know, maybe it should be bigger than the drive motor.”
Either way you’re chopping it up, it’s not a very large motor but they are probably a good fit for the job you’re doing. The pickup truck only reaches a speed of 20 km/h (12 mph), so it’s not moving anywhere fast.
Given that speed is almost certain when empty, I shudder when I think about how fast this thing crawls with a few thousand pounds of rock in there.
You can’t accuse the manufacturer of ignoring the features. Just look at all you get! There’s a padded chair that looks like it was lifted from a church youth group, four pneumatic tires so narrow you could clean them in the dishwasher’s bottom rack, and a front fascia which I’m sure I drew once in kindergarten.
In fairness though, the rear cargo box feels just as overpriced as the rest of the truck. There’s a half a chance they’ll start with a bed and then have to put the rest of the truck together after blowing most of their budget on reinforced square tubes.
Also, the fact that the sales page doesn’t quite have any pictures of the vacuum trough in the lower position made me wonder if it stuck that way and they decided to work it out.
Of course this issue of build quality and trim design can be a matter of perspective. Harley-Davidson gets its luxury structural battery pack on the new LiveWire Del Mar electric motorcycle. But this thing has a structural battery pack as well, at least if “carrying the chair up” is considered structural.
I know I had a hard time on this pickup truck, but I think it should also be looked at in the context of its price. For only $1,700 (or $1,400 if you buy a set of 10!), this actually started to sound like a bargain. You can hardly buy a mid-drive electric bike at that price in the US, let alone a 1 ton electric dump truck.
Oh, and if you’re nearly sold out on this thing but back off because it seemed too stable and balanced to you, I’ve got good news: There’s a three-wheeled version too!
If you ask me, I think I’ll stick with my electric pickup truck that I bought on Alibaba last summer.
I’m not sure it can handle 1 ton of lift capacity like this thing, although I have about 700 or 800 pounds of dirt in the back without a problem.
Check out the clip below to see me make a huge dump in my backyard.
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