Future Fuel for American Pickup Trucks
Authored by: Charles Partos, Managing Director, 51st State Autos
Environmental American Pickup Trucks
There has been a strong movement to make all vehicles more energy efficient. However, some vehicles are easier to convert and update than others. Often times, it comes down to the physics of the vehicle in question. Pickup trucks are very heavy vehicles and they are not especially aerodynamic. Making them more energy efficient is just not going to be easy.
However, it should be noted that improving the fuel efficiency of American pickup trucks even slightly makes all the difference. Many American pickup trucks will get less than twenty miles to the gallon. Making them get five more miles to the gallon will add up quickly. Making vehicles that are already fuel efficient slightly more fuel efficient isn’t going to have the same returns.
Pickup trucks are not as commonly used these days as they used to be, but in many parts of the world and parts of the United States, they are still used often enough. It is still worthwhile to give people the opportunity to use pickup trucks that are going to save them money on gasoline and that are going to improve their own carbon footprints.
Environmentally Friendly American Pickup Trucks
GM has produced pickup trucks that use hybrid fuel. The GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado were available from 2009 to 2012. They were allegedly discontinued as a result of disappointing sales figures. Some people are doubtful about the idea that many car companies are genuinely interested in electric or hybrid vehicles, given the history of the electric car.
Electric cars have a longer history than hybrid vehicles in general, even with regards to pickup trucks, in spite of the fact that pickup trucks themselves have not been converted into the electric or hybrid format anywhere near as often. Dodge is one of a few companies working on a hybrid vehicle now. The Dodge Ram 1500/2500 should be due around 2022, which is a long time to wait for a lot of people. Individuals who are concerned about the impact of vehicles on the environment might be disillusioned about vehicles that take this long to be introduced. Still, it is possible that vehicles like the Dodge Ram 1500/2500 might be part of a trend, and some of these vehicles are going to be introduced earlier than that.
Toyota and Ford worked on hybrid pickup trucks together back in the early 2010’s, but the project never really fully materialized, and it looks like it has gone down something of a familiar road for a lot of trucks that run on electricity or hybrid fuel. Ford made electric pickup trucks back in the late 1990’s, and they were made for fleet use only for the most part. These trucks never became mainstream, and everything associated with them was also discontinued. Many of the stories featuring electronic pickup trucks have moved in a similar direction.
However, Ford might have its own new hybrid pickup truck by 2020 in the form of the Ford F150. This is a vehicle that has had a somewhat troubled development already, unfortunately. However, it is important for people to note that trends have changed over the course of the past few decades, and it is possible that this is a debut that is going to work much more successfully than those of the past. The Ford F-150 might really give people the chance to improve the fuel economy on their pickup trucks without losing any of the power associated with them.
The Future of Fuel Efficient Pickup Trucks
American pickup trucks have always appealed to a particular segment of the American public for the most part. While there are exceptions, for the most part, American pickup trucks tend to appeal to Americans who have a more conservative mindset, and this is going to have an effect on whether or not they’re going to back the new electric or hybrid cars or trucks that get produced. Some of the poor sales figures that these companies have yielded in the past might be particular reflective of the wants and the needs of their demographic.
It should be noted that their demographic might change. It is also possible that the development of the Ford F150 and Dodge Ram 1500 might be subsidized, if politics start to change in the future. Still, the history of electric and hybrid vehicles is not especially promising. Even if these vehicles do get produced and released in the 2020’s, there is no guarantee that they are going to last.