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Four Electric Pickup Trucks Drove Coast-To-Coast. Here's How They Stack Up

•, By: Wade Malone

Over the past few weeks, the crew at the Out of Spec Motoring YouTube channel has provided a wealth of great information on the current lineup of EV trucks and their capabilities. While the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning are a fairly known quantity at this point, seeing them compete against the recently released Chevy Silverado EV and Tesla Cybertruck has been interesting to watch. 

In their latest vehicle comparison, four teams get behind the wheel and pit these EV trucks against one another in a coast-to-cost race from Florida to California.

In part one of this series, we get a good demonstration of each truck's capabilities on a long-distance road trip. While each truck has its strengths, they share one major hiccup: various charging issues and limitations. Not even the Cybertruck was able to provide a completely seamless charging experience.

Thanks to a massive battery pack size, the Chevy Silverado EV's first charging stop came much later than the other trucks. This despite beginning the race 6 miles behind and at a lower state of charge than the rest.

Unfortunately, the Silverado EV can currently only fast charge at CCS stations, limiting the team's options, although this limitation should soon be lifted as General Motors' EVs go to the Tesla NACS plug soon. Team Chevy's first stop was at an Electrify America (EA) station where one of the Hyper Fast units (which peaks at 350 kW) was out of service and the other station was occupied. 

With only four stalls this could have been a major issue. To avoid charging on the slower 150 kW units, the team offered to pay for the other EV driver's charge if they swapped spots. Additionally, the Silverado ran into an issue where turning on the A/C resulted in charging speed fluctuations. This is likely a software bug that needs to be remedied in future software updates.