SsangYong wants to make the world’s first electric pickup truckAugust 5, 2018
It is expected that the South Korean brand, which is part of Mahindra & Mahindra, will present its first fully electric model around 2020. The previously demonstrated conceptual model of e-SIV will be used as a basis.
In the longer term (until 2023), electrification can also affect the SsangYong Musso pickup truck, and it is likely that this will be the first instance of BEV in the world (but much depends on other manufacturers here).
The news about the BEV pick-up truck was confirmed by SsangYong’s managing director for product planning at Sungchin Park during a media conference in South Korea.
The goal is a two-engine, four-wheel-drive pick-up truck equipped with a 450 km (280 mi) battery over the NEDC cycle (this will be about 300 km or 186 miles in the real world).
And the car will be presented in a fairly accessible segment. After all, the top manager expects that within the next five years, the technology will grow sufficiently and become cheaper, making electric vehicles more affordable. Of course, it’s not too early to talk about any characteristics, but it’s also silly.
As already mentioned above, back in March 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show was introduced the concept of electric crossover SsangYong e-SIV EV. At that time, it was assumed that the electric car would receive a motor with a capacity of about 200 horsepower, a battery for 61.5 kW*hours of capacity, and a range of 320 to 450 km. Perhaps a similar system will be installed in the future pickup truck, but a second engine will be added.
Nevertheless, Koreans can be overtaken by other companies. So, if Tesla companies manage to withstand financial problems in the next couple of years, then it can launch an electric pick-up truck for the first time. The American market is one of the main consumers of cars in this segment (Australia also likes them).
Moreover, Tesla has more experience in the production of electric vehicles and already ready-made platforms. Of course, other companies will not lag behind, but it is likely that pick-up trucks will not attract them yet.