Utes are massively popular in Australia. We love the *ahem* utility of them, along with the fringe benefits tax exemptions that many ute buyers can benefit from. But where are all the electric utes?
It’s miserable to say, but there aren’t actually many electric utes coming down under. Not even some of the big-name ute makers like Toyota or Mitsubishi are getting into the mass electric game for some time, dragging their feet and having limited electric vehicles in their range.
But it won’t stay this way forever. We’ll see electric utes at some point in Australia, with very few confirmed and more that we’re holding out hope for. Here’s a look at electric utes coming in the future.
The LDV EV T60 – the only electric ute available in Australia
The LDV EV T60 was recently released in New Zealand, becoming the country’s first electric ute. Shortly after, in September, the ute was launched locally, alongside a van and people mover. This means that the T60 EV is the first electric ute to go on sale in Australia.
The LDV eT60 starts at $92,990 in Australia.
The electric utes coming to Australia
The Ace Yewt
Lacking the futuristic flare of many of the other utes on this list, the Ace Yewt is not a huge car, but it is more reasonably priced than other electric utes.
Priced at $25,995, with a release date originally marked for 2023, the Ace Yewt is capable of between 150 and 200km travel at partial load, with a maximum speed of 100km/h, achieving that in about 14 seconds.
It also has a maximum payload of 500kg and is being manufactured in Australia.
The BYD Ute
BYD local distributor EVDirect confirmed in June 2022 that it would be releasing a Ute as a member of its fleet in the Australian market in 2023, however, as reported by Drive, it’s more likely that the all-electric model might be available from 2025, while the hybrid model may come in 2024.
We don’t know much about the BYD Ute just yet, but it’s likely to use BYD’s proprietary Blade battery technology.
The Rivian R1T
Confirmed for a local launch, the Rivian R1T likely won’t come to Australia until 2024, long after the Amazon and Ford-backed startup has tested the waters in Europe. It can toe 4,989kg and is capable of 0-100km/h in about 3.3 seconds. All of this said, the last we heard about the R1T coming down under was in 2021, so plans may have changed.
The Rivian R1t is priced at $US68,575, which is about $99,675 in Australia (but it will likely cost more for us Aussies).
The electric utes that are likely to come to Australia
While these utes haven’t been confirmed, we reckon they’ll make their way down under at some point.
The Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 Lightning is not currently scheduled for Australian release, although trademarks have been filed within the country. It’s a massively powerful truck-like ute, capable of 0-100km/h in about four seconds, and considering that Ford is planning to release five electric vehicles in Australia by the end of 2024 (the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit are the first), it makes sense that the F-150 Lightning would be among the lineup.
It has a 3,492kg towing capacity and about 370km driving range. It’s also priced at $US39,947, which translates to about $58,079 in Australia (though it will likely cost much more than that).
The electric Toyota Hilux concept
Although Toyota is currently trialling an electrified Toyota Landcruiser at mining sites in Australia and while there’s a startup electrifying Hilux’s, Toyota has built a concept for an electric Hilux.
The standard Hilux is one of the most popular utes in Australia, so it makes sense that one day we might see this concept vehicle.
A smaller version of the Tesla Cybertruck
The Tesla Cybertruck was originally expected to come to Australia, although the preorder button was removed in 2022.
Interestingly, before then, Musk confirmed that the Cybertruck was not intended for sale outside of the U.S., however, a smaller version of the Cybertruck might be released for the international market.
Wait, that’s it?
There are plenty of other electric utes currently in development, but whether or not they’ll be coming to Australia we’re unsure of.
But we do hope that these cars make their way down under. Perhaps Australia having fuel efficiency standards will help with that.
Image: LDV Australia
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