Pickup trucks have been a staple of the American automotive industry for decades. Known for their raw power, ruggedness, and versatility, pickups have always been among the most popular vehicles in the United States. They are the go-to vehicle for workers who need a reliable and sturdy vehicle to haul and tow heavy loads. Electric pickup trucks are the newest entrants in the market, and they have been designed keeping in mind the requirements of modern-day workers. The most significant advantage of electric pickup trucks is their torque numbers. Torque refers to the rotational force produced by the engine, and it determines how much weight the vehicle can tow or haul. Electric motors have high torque numbers, which means they can handle heavy loads with ease. Some of the modern electric pickup trucks have torque numbers that surpass those of traditional gasoline or diesel-powered pickup trucks. This huge torque number of electric pickup trucks translates to huge payload capacity and towing capacity. As electric technology continues to advance, electric pickup trucks are rapidly gaining in popularity; we can expect to see more and more electric pickup trucks on the market, and they will undoubtedly play an increasingly important role in the world of heavy-duty work vehicles.
10 GMC Hummer EV – 7,500 Pounds
A white Hummer EV truck towing a boat
The GMC Hummer EV has an 800-volt battery and three separate electric motors which can generate a staggering 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. It is one of the most powerful electric pickup trucks on the market. This tremendous torque figure is also part of why it has such an impressive towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. It can also carry payloads of 1,300 pounds in its load bed. This massive towing capacity means it can easily handle anything from small recreational boats to utility trailers or even some large construction equipment. Backed by a 200 kWh battery pack, the Hummer EV’s 1,000 tri-motor configurations can hit speeds of 60 mph from zero in just three seconds. The Hummer EV has a unique chassis design and adjustable air suspension system for superior off-roading capabilities.
9 Lordstown Endurance – 8,000 Pounds
A dynamic shot of a Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup driving
The Lordstown Endurance is an electric pickup truck designed with towing capacity in mind. It can tow up to 8,000 pounds and has an estimated range of 200 miles on a single charge from its 109 kWh battery pack. Its drivetrain is powered by four motors, which produce a combined output of 440 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. This puts it up there as one of the most powerful electric pickups and makes it ideal for towing heavy loads. The Endurance also comes standard with an air suspension system for additional stability, adjustable regenerative braking, a low center of gravity that improves handling, together with large tires that offer greater traction over wet surfaces. Buyers can also choose between the six feet and seven feet bed sizes to cater to specific hauling needs.
8 Chevrolet Silverado EV – 8,000 Pounds
Blue 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV on a dirt road
The Chevrolet Silverado EV is designed to be a formidable machine. This electric pickup offering from Chevrolet packs a powerful punch with its impressive 8,000-pound towing capacity. The Silverado EV is powered by a 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque electric motor configuration, that allows it to easily handle heavy loads on the job. To illustrate its towing capacity, Chevrolet did a test where the folks used the Silverado EV to tow an RV weighing in at 7,700 pounds. Its bed can also carry payloads of up to 1,200 pounds of weight. In addition, the Silverado EV offers forward collision alert and lane keep assist, as well as adaptive cruise control, rearview camera mirror with three angles of view, AutoPark Assist, and more. It has the ProGrade Trailering System which provides you access to valuable trailer information that aids your towing.
7 GMC Sierra EV – 9,500 Pounds
A side shot of a 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 towing a travel trailer.
The GMC Sierra EV is among the best electric pickup trucks. With 754 horsepower and an incredible 785 pound-feet of torque power output, it can tow up to 9,500 pounds as well as payloads as heavy as 1,300 pounds, making it ideal for both work and recreational use. In addition, the GMC Sierra EV features an advanced chassis with a unique design and construction, which is responsible for its being capable of handling heavier payloads while remaining agile and responsive. The standard four-wheel drive system of the vehicle ensures that you’ll get maximum traction at all times, helping you safely manage heavy loads. The Sierra EV also has an impressive array of range-extending features like regenerative braking and energy-saving technology that can help you maximize energy efficiency.
6 Ford F-150 Lightning – 10,000 Pounds
An F-150 Lightning XLT towing a boat
For the Ford Motor Company’s pickup truck legacy, the new F-150 Lightning appears to be pushing the boundaries even further. This full-size electric pickup truck offers all the conventional benefits of a classic Ford F-150 with that modern electric twist. The F-150 Lightning comes in three separate towing options: Standard Tow Package, Max Tow Package and Heavy Tow Package. Each comes with a base 5,000 pounds towing capacity but can be upgraded to 7,700 pounds on the Standard Tow Package while the Max Tow Package bumps that figure up to 8,500 pounds. The Heavy Tow Package can tow up to 10,000 pounds! A towing test was carried out by Motor Trend where the F-150 Lightning was used to tow a 7,218 pounds RV. It led to massive depletion of the battery range. It has a Pro Power Onboard, an off-grid generator to charge any compatible device anywhere.
5 Edison Future EF1-T – 11,000 Pounds
Edison Future EF1-TP Super on a white background
The Edison Future EF1-T comes fitted with a low center of gravity, wide axles, and a structure designed with a lightweight frame and special suspension system, delivering perfect balance regardless of load. Its independent rear suspension ensures the Edison Future EF1-T can pull 7,500 pounds in its standard setup. This number increases to 9,000 pounds with the Premium setup and 11,000 pounds with the Super setup. The standard setup has a battery pack that provides up to 300 miles of range on a single charge and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Moving up to Premium increases the range to 380 miles and a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. At the Super trim level, the Edison Future EF1-T has a range of 450 miles and an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
4 Rivian R1T – 11,000 Pounds
Front profile of Rivian-R1T
The Rivian R1T offers 11,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity together with a payload capacity of 1,760 pounds and a torque distribution system that seamlessly switches between rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive on demand for enhanced traction and stability. The truck’s Torque Vectoring technology enables precise control when cornering or driving off-road. The R1T has an 800-volt quad motor system with 835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet of torque. This provides superior acceleration compared to traditional gas-powered trucks. The R1T is also equipped with regenerative braking that recycles energy every time you brake. The need for an external hitch receiver is removed by an integrated hitch receiver which makes hooking up trailers easier. It also has Active Air Suspension System that adjusts your ride height depending on your load weight.
3 Hercules Alpha – 12,500 Pounds
The Hercules Alpha comes with a quad-motor drive system that combines four electric motors to produce an insane 1,000 horsepower output giving it more than enough strength to tow up to 12,500 pounds of weight as well as a payload capacity of 2,500 pounds. It also comes with a highly innovative design that allows it to handle any terrain from snow, mud, sand, and gravel, making it a reliable truck for tough hauls. To handle all-terrain needs, it comes with skid plates and heavy-duty shocks, plus an adjustable ride height that can be changed in seconds depending on the task at hand. With the Hercules Alpha (aptly named) not only do you get an incredibly powerful pickup truck but also an automatic four-wheel drive with the flick of a switch.
2 Tesla Cybertruck – 14,000 Pounds
Tesla Cybertruck three-quarters view in a desert
Tesla’s Cybertruck is designed for heavy-duty work with a towing capacity of up to 14,000 pounds. In addition, its unique bed can carry payloads of up to 3,500 pounds. Even more impressive is its performance capabilities. The Cybertruck can still accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 130 mph in its tri-motor configuration, despite being able to haul such an incredible amount of weight. In a bid to ensure that it can handle even the toughest jobs available, Tesla equipped the Cybertruck with a stainless steel exoskeleton and reinforced chassis. This stainless steel exoskeleton makes the Cybertruck dent and shatterproof and also makes it corrosion-resistant, so it can work in harsh conditions and remain durable. In addition, it will supposedly achieve up to 500 miles of range on a single charge.
1 Atlis XT – 35,000 Pounds
Side profile shot of the Atlis XT
The Atlis XT is built with a heavy-duty frame and dedicated towing package, that can tow up to 35,000 pounds which is a lot more than any other electric truck’s towing capacity at the moment. It can also carry payloads of 5,000 pounds in weight. The XT’s unique chassis is the main reason for its even more towing power and stability. It has four-wheel independent suspensions, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and high ground clearance to make it a great choice when pulling heavy loads over difficult terrain. The Atlis XT also comes with a 600 horsepower output that can rocket it from 0-60 mph in five seconds and keep climbing till it reaches speeds of 120 mph. It also comes with a heavy 250 kWh battery pack that can give a range of 500 miles on a single charge.