Electrical pickup vans are rad. They do the entire stuff a truck is meant to be excellent at, like hauling and pulling and normally making heaps of torque, however they do it in close to silence and with out belching heaps of black diesel smoke. Positive, they’re nonetheless of their infancy, however that isn’t preventing Edmunds.com’s Ryan ZumMallen from taking their long-term take a look at Ford Lightning and Rivian R1T to a tractor pull in Northern California.
Taking EVs to a tractor pull is wild, however what’s even wilder is that Edmunds purchased those vans with its personal cash. That differs from maximum long-term take a look at automobiles, the place the auto corporate will mortgage a e-newsletter a car for 6 months to a yr after which ask for it again. After all, that includes a couple of minor strings, like, probably no longer taking part in tractor pulls with a sled thrice heavier than the truck’s most tow ranking.
The stunning factor (I’m no longer sorry for that, by means of the way in which) is solely how nicely those bone-stock electrical pickups do. The Rivian, with its off-road tires and 4 electrical motors, controlled to outperform the Ford, however even the dual-motor Lightning on boulevard tires didn’t embarrass itself in entrance of the folk within the grandstands, regardless of their boos.
Doing dumb stuff in automobiles is normally a well-loved passion of the Jalopnik group of workers, and we’d love to suppose that if we owned our take a look at automobiles, we’d do this sort of factor however significantly, hats off to Edmunds for in fact going and doing it. You might be all very foolish and we salute you.