This electric truck is now on sale in Europe

  • SAIC’s Maxus T90EV goes on sale in the UK, offering up to 220 miles of range from an 88.5 kWh battery.
  • The truck offers a single rear wheel drive design and a payload capacity of 2,204 lbs.
  • Electric commercial trucks are expected to be very popular in Europe among contractors, compared to pickup trucks, and there are currently many models on the market.

    Electric pickups are certainly on the way, but the US isn’t the only country where electric trucks are arriving on the scene. The UK received its first mass-market electric pickup this month, and it is expected that it will be a little different than what we started seeing here in the last year or so.

    The electric pickup in question is the Maxus T90EV, which is produced by Chinese company SAIC and has landed in what could be considered a mid-size class in the United States. It’s a bit smaller than the full-size bestseller here, and has an 88.5 kWh battery underneath. This gives the Maxus T90EV a range of about 220 miles, which isn’t great for a battery of this size. A 201 hp engine from the rear does the job.

    The Maxus isn’t all-wheel drive, and it is Not They are already the longest-range electric cars when it comes to battery size. But its specs are aimed at other common road trucks of their size in the UK, which are not too powerful and don’t require all-wheel drive.

    The truck has an overall length of 211.2 inches, offers a payload capacity of 2,204 pounds, and has a bed that measures 58.4 inches wide, 59.4 inches long and 20.8 inches high. The truck wears 17″ grace wheels and offers LED daytime running lights. Meanwhile, the interior features a 10.25-inch touchscreen, along with six-way power front seats, but relatively few other amenities.

    price?

    The Maxus T90EV starts at £49,950 in the UK, which translates to around $59,600, before any taxes or incentives. So it lands about $10,000 north of the entry level F-150 Lightning in Pro trim, for example, which recently received a serious price hike. And it’s not quite a Rivian competitor, lacking all-wheel drive and luxury features.

    Midsize pickups such as lifestyle trucks are slowly becoming more popular in Europe, but in commercial applications they still dwarf pickups.
    SAIC

    The UK pickup truck market and buyer expectations are unique, as something in this segment is likely to be diesel-powered. Relative to the US, the mid-size truck segment is much smaller in the UK, and the commercial vehicles used by contractors tend to be vans. So the Maxus T90EV won’t land in an extremely hot area, unlike the US where pickups are often the family car. For a European truck, SAIC won’t have to worry about the full suite of interior comfort features common in the US.

    It’s worth noting that other automakers who have traditionally sold pickups in the UK and Europe are in no hurry to offer electric models, outside of some small-volume conversions, so the Maxus T90EV should have the part all to itself pretty much, at least in the UK. United.

    But when it comes to light commercial vehicles, they should have a lot more competition from the battery-electric pickup trucks made by Stellantis and others.

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