New Maxus T90EV is the first electric pickup truck on sale in the UK
The Ford Ranger-sized electric pickup truck has a claimed range of 196 miles in city driving, with order books set to open in August
Electric pickup trucks are nothing new; the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning and Hummer EV all went into production in the past year. However, the new Maxus T90EV will be the first zero-emissions pickup to officially go on sale in the UK when order books open in August.
The T90EV is based on a combustion-engine model, so this isn’t a bespoke electric truck like the Rivian. In place of the original T90’s running gear you get an 89kWh battery located under the chassis, which is enough for a range of 196 miles on the WLTP city test, according to Maxus. We therefore expect the T90EV will be able to cover around 130 miles on a charge in mixed driving conditions.
Compare that to the Rivian R1T which has a 314-mile range on the American EPA test cycle when fitted with a 135kWh battery. Meanwhile, the Ford F-150 Lightning can cover over 230 miles in standard-range form, equipped with a 98kWh battery. Charging speeds for the T90EV have yet to be revealed.
The Maxus’ battery feeds a single 201bhp electric motor on the rear axle, making the T90EV rear-wheel drive only – unlike the Rivian, Ford or Hummer. Plus, the T90EV’s maximum payload capacity is limited to 740kg, which means it can’t carry the one-tonne required by UK legislation for it to qualify as a commercial vehicle. As a result, businesses can’t reclaim VAT after purchasing one and are not eligible for the flat rate commercial vehicle company car tax.
The T90EV comes in a double cab bodystyle, with fairly ordinary pickup truck styling. The truck measures 5,365mm x 1,900mm x 1,809mm, which is about the same size as the Ford Ranger, but T90EV’s cargo bed is smaller with a load length of less than 1.5 metres. The bed’s maximum load capacity, and the truck’s towing capabilities, remain under wraps at the time of writing.
Standard kit includes a 10.25-inch digital touchscreen, reversing camera, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and a bed-mounted roll bar. First deliveries are set to begin in early 2023. In addition to the T90EV, Maxus has launched the Mifa 9 eight-seat minibus, which will also go on sale in August.
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