Rivian might have got to the market first with the R1T, but more electric pickup trucks are underway. In this article, we compare two models from different manufacturers; the Tesla Cybertruck and Edison Future EF1-T.
One of the major differences between the two electric vehicles is their origins. The Cybertruck is designed and will be made in the US (Austin , TX) by Tesla, while the EF1-T will be made in Orange County, California.
Interestingly, both trucks are ditching the norm in designing their truck, preferring a futuristic look that will make people stare again. CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, revealed the design choice was deliberate to make the Cybertruck stand out as other truck makers use the same boring design. However, the EF1-T looks less radical than its American counterpart.
The Cybertruck’s body is made from stainless steel, the same material Tesla’s sister company, SpaceX, is using to build its new spacecraft, the Starship. SPI has not revealed the material it is using yet.
When it comes to driving range, the longest-lasting trim of the Cybertruck will yield 500 miles, but Tesla will also sell 300 and 250 miles configurations. The truck will use Tesla’s new 4680 battery, which promises many improvements over the batteries Tesla puts in its vehicles.
As for the EF1-T, the highest known trim will last 380 miles per charge, but a variant will last only 300 miles. There is no info yet on the type of battery this truck will use. However, the EF1-T will include solar panels, which will expand to cover the truck bed. The panels will top up the battery when the truck is parked or on the road, although there is no info on how many miles they will add per day.
In terms of performance, Edison Electric has revealed the EF1-T will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds in the highest known trim. The Cybertruck has an edge here as it can do the same acceleration in 2.9 seconds. However, for most users, the difference will be unnoticeable.
Both trucks are marketed to be rugged and fit for all kinds of terrain, so you can take either of them camping or off-roading.
The EF1-T has cameras as side mirrors, a move Tesla would like to replicate on its truck but is limited by regulations. Inside, both trucks sport a large central touchscreen console, although the rest of the interior is minimalist. The Cybertruck will seat six comfortably, and the EF1-T should carry at least five.
It is uncertain whether the EF1-T would be sold in the US, while Tesla has not announced if the Cybertruck would be available in China. The Cybertruck starts at around $40,000 while Edison Electric will release pricing details later.