Let’s get this out of the way at the beginning: currently, there are no cheap electric trucks on the market. New prices for electric work trucks and consumer EV pickups are typically on the higher end of the EV pricing spectrum. However, you can find some price savings by searching for used EV trucks for sale.
Since there are only 3 (soon to be 4) electric trucks available now on the US consumer market, the list of used EV trucks is a pretty short one. Let’s take a look at the best EV trucks you can find on the used market in 2023 in order of budget, comfort, off-roading, and upcoming availability.
1) Best Budget Used Electric Truck: Ford F-150 Lightning
|Ford F-150 Lightning
|Ford F-150 Lightning
|Ford F-150 Lightning
|Ford F-150 Lightning
Since Ford shifted production of their EV pickup truck into high gear hoping to get a foot in the door of the electric truck market, the F-150 Lightning has been produced and delivered in numbers that have gone into direct competition with Rivian (the first to bring an EV pickup truck to market). Additionally, you can find the Lightning at several different price points—including the lowest budget points for electric trucks.
With a range of 230 miles for the Standard Battery and 300 miles for the Extended battery, the F-150 Lightning isn’t going to be a road tripping champion (especially if you want to tow a trailer along). However, for a day-to-day pickup truck, it’s powerful, well-balanced, and quiet.
Used Ford F1-50 Lightning Pros and Cons
Here’s the quick list of pros and cons for the F-150 Lightning electric truck:
- Multiple trim levels for multiple budgets
- Power export is very practical
- Great value for short distance hauling
- Built with repairability in mind
- Warranty coverage likely remaining
- Loss of up to two thirds of range with heavy towing loads
- Range for the Standard battery is relatively low for the price point
- Basic bumper-to-bumper warranty is limited to 3 years / 36,000 miles
- Pro trim level is still selling used for near MSRP
Now let’s take a deeper look at the Lightning’s power export options, towing capabilities, and warranty coverage:
Power Export Features
Ford planned the F-150 Lightning as a work truck and took advantage of the fact that it’s built around a giant rechargeable battery. The standard 2.4 kWh Pro Power Onboard installation has 8 120V outlets and 8 USB outlets to power everything from phones to circular saws. The Mega Power Frunk alone has a panel of four of those 120V outlets to charge/run your tools, cooler, or whatever electrical components help you with your activities for the day or weekend.
With the even more robust 9.6 kWh Pro Power Onboard feature, the cab and the bed have 7.2 kWh of power available via 6 120V outlets and one 240V outlet. However, you should be aware that the 9.6 kWh Pro Power Onboard isn’t standard on all trim levels, only for the Lariat and the Platinum.
Towing and Hauling
While a used F-150 Lightning makes a great work truck, its utility as a towing machine is somewhat limited thanks to current battery tech and charging infrastructure problems. Still, 775 ft-lbs of torque and 426 hp is nothing to sneeze at.
Towing capacity isn’t the issue. Depending on the trim, the F-150 Lightning has a towing capacity of 5,000-10,000 lbs. You won’t get to 10,000 lbs without the Extended Range Battery, which means you’ll need at minimum an XLT.
But while the Lightning is capable of towing a decent amount, it’s not great at getting too far with the payload. Typically, an EV can be expected to lose about half its estimated range while towing. But the Lightning seems to be aiming a bit lower when loaded. The online publication MotorTrend found that towing about 7,200 lbs reduced the range of the Platinum from the EPA estimated 300 miles down to about 90 miles.
Getting only a third of your usable range is fine for local towing, but really not great for trying to take a tour of the country with a fifth wheel camper. However, if you are mostly going to be pulling small trailers for less than 100 miles round trip, the F-150 Lightning can meet your towing needs just fine.
Payload capacity on the F-150 Lightning is between 1,657-2,235 lbs (for the Extended battery and the standard battery, respectively). In practical terms, this would be about 15-20 cubic feet of dry gravel. And in case you needed to know what that payload looks like in impractical terms, that’s about 110-149 average electric chainsaws or 24-32 portable table saws. Basically, the F-150 Lightning doesn’t slack on working gear and materials capacity.
One of the things we like about the way that Ford designs their vehicles is that each vehicle is repairable. Even the high voltage battery pack on the F-150 Lightning is designed to be replaced in smaller modules with good access for techs (which is not something that every automaker has prioritized on EVs).
However, since we mostly deal with used electric vehicles, we know the value of a good warranty, especially for peace of mind in a private party sale. Used Ford Lightning F-150s with less than 100,000 miles are still within their electric battery warranty (8 years or 100,000 miles) with time to spare.
When shopping for a used Ford F-150 Lightning, be sure to see if extended warranty coverage (called the Ford Protect Extended Service Plan EV) was purchased along with the truck. In most cases, the extra coverage should be transferable for a small fee.
2) Best Electric Truck for Outdoor Adventures: Rivian R1T
Rivian may have been the first manufacturer to get their electric pickup truck out into the US consumer market, but the number of Rivian R1Ts produced and delivered over the last few years is still relatively low when compared to the rest of the consumer EV market. Still, the R1T has a high number of electric truck sales on the used market.
What a used Rivian R1T lacks in terms of accessible used pricing, it makes up for with utility and comfort. With lots of elbow room and premium interior features (and unique features, like the gear tunnel), we’d recommend the R1T over the Ford F-150 Lightning for outdoor enthusiasts or active families.
Used Rivian R1T Pros and Cons
- 3 different range options, from 270-410 miles
- Regularly found on current used market
- High safety scores
- Designed for outdoor activities and gear
- Use as a power source is expected with multiple 12v sockets (2021-2022 models)
- Excellent passenger legroom and shoulder room
- Excellent towing control
- Still fairly expensive
- No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
- Long-distance towing can take twice as long as traditional trucks due to charging logistics
- For the 2023 R1T (and possibly beyond), only one 12v socket is included
The R1T boasts 3 12V outlets, 2 120V outlets, and 6 USB-C outlets, which is a decent mix of types for those with a variety of camping and outdoor equipment. While it doesn’t quite match the working truck practicality of the F-150 Lightning, the Rivian was designed for a different kind of outdoor (and driving) experience.
Towing and Hauling
The R1T is rated for a towing capacity of up to 11,000 lbs and a payload capacity of 1760 lbs. For reference, that’s the weight of about 17-18 cubic feet of gravel…or one really, really big male moose (note: if you do come across a moose that big, you should probably stay in the truck).
With their unique gear tunnel feature, R1Ts can keep gear and luggage protected from the weather and away from your feet. The gear tunnel also keeps the main truck bed clear for bigger items like camping kitchens, tents, and so on.
One thing to note about the R1T: while R1T owners report that the actual towing process is fantastic, long-distance towing can be a hassle thanks to the logistics of charging and the lack of drive-through EV charging stations. And be forewarned: towing can cut the range of the R1T by more than 50%. If your towing target is outside of 100-200 miles (depending on your battery size), you might need to think twice before heading out.
As a used electric pickup truck, the R1T is currently standing the test of time better than most—by EV standards, anyway—with minimal recalls and a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
The R1T gets bumper-to-bumper coverage for 5 years / 60,000 miles, which is quite a generous term. The battery and drivetrain coverage is even better, with 8 years / 175,000 miles. Since the R1T was only first delivered in September of 2021, you won’t have much trouble finding one that still has a decent amount of warranty coverage left.
3) Best Off-Road Electric Truck: GMC Hummer EV Pickup
|GMC Hummer EV Pickup
|GMC Hummer EV Pickup
With 303-315 miles of range, the Hummer EV Pickup is only upper middle class in regards to EV range. However, nothing else on the Hummer is middle class. From driving sideways to crawling boulders, the Hummer EV Pickup is in a class of its own when it comes to the outdoors and hauling off-road.
Heads-up: you may still have some trouble finding a used Hummer EV Pickup for less than MSRP.
Used Hummer EV Pickup Pros and Cons
- Holds fast to the Hummer look and brand
- 0-60 in 3 seconds
- Crabwalk (drive sideways!)
- Extraction Mode
- Off-Road performance
- Underbody reinforcements
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible
- Heavy-duty truck curb weight
- Reportedly loud road noise
The Hummer expects you to spend more time inside the vehicle than out of it, so the number of outlets is fairly limited (at least for 2022-2023 models). There’s a single 12V outlet in the frunk, one 120 V outlet in the center console, and one 120V outlet in the bed.
However, the exterior features, especially those included in the Extreme Off-Road Package, make staying in the truck worth it. The Hummer EV Pickup can drive sideways, lift itself up to 8” higher to drive through 32” of water, and crawl over boulders. And did we mention yet that the Hummer has 4 removable roof panels? That’s right, you can ride inside the truck and still be outdoors (bonus: the panels store neatly in the frunk).
Towing and Hauling
In the lineup of EV trucks for hauling and towing, the Hummer EV is slightly better off than the competition when it comes to range loss, but it’s the clear leader in horsepower (1,000 hp) and torque (11,500 ft-lb). However, it’s worth noting that the towing capacity of the Hummer EV is also much lower than competitors at 8,500 lbs.
With a curb weight of 9,640 lbs, the Hummer EV is considered a heavy duty EV truck. Incredibly, this heavyweight cruiser can accelerate from 0-60 in just 3 seconds. The Hummer’s curb weight also makes it a solid and stable towing machine, and it does manage a slightly better range while doing so than the R1T or the F-150 Lightning.
Payload capacity is neither high nor low at around 1,300 lbs (depending on year and trim), but the somewhat stubby pickup bed is only 5 feet long. This means that while the Hummer EV Pickup could handle the weight of a respectably sized Kodiak brown bear, the 7-8 ft long bear wouldn’t fit comfortably in the truck bed (note: we’re 100% positive that the National Parks Service wouldn’t advise giving pickup rides to bears).
While the NHTSA AND IIHS have not reviewed the GMC Hummer EV Pickup for safety yet, it will likely fare well in passenger safety tests given the track record of the Hummer vehicle line. However, several voices, including the vice president of the IIHS Vehicle Research Center, have voiced concerns about the safety of any other vehicles involved in a crash with this speedy behemoth.
GMC’s standard warranty applies to the Hummer EV Pickup with bumper-to-bumper coverage of 3 years / 36,000 miles, powertrain coverage for 5 years / 60,000 miles, and a high-voltage battery system coverage for 8 years / 100,000 miles.
4) Best Upcoming Electric Truck: Tesla Cybertruck
- Cheapest electric truck in the single-motor variant
- Fastest 0-60 electric truck in the tri-motor variant
- Powerful towing and hauling capabilities
- Self-leveling capability
- Native to the Tesla charging network
- Few customizable aesthetic options
- No availability until after November 30, 2023
- The wait time has been ridiculous
- No apple CarPlay or Android Auto
Our apologies to the Chevy Silverado EV (coming in 2024), but we’ve waited long enough for Elon’s weird cyberpunk aesthetic truck to call it anything but the best upcoming electric truck. Tesla took their sweet time getting this one finished, so only a handful of test trucks have been spotted out in the wild.
The official release event is scheduled for November 30th, and no Cybertrucks are going to hit the used market until December 2023 at the earliest. Still, since the volume production of the Cybertruck is expected to be around 200,000 units per year, the number of used Cybertrucks on the market should increase next year…though we don’t know how many reservation holders will be willing to part with their long-awaited, Blade Runner-inspired ride anytime soon.
We’ll be doing a more thorough review of the Cybertruck in a later article. For now, here are a few pre-release specs (these are a combination of single-, dual-, and quad-motor variant specs):
- Range: 250-500 miles
- Horsepower: 800 hp
- Towing Capacity: 7,500-14,000 lbs
- 0-60 mph Acceleration: 6.5-2.9 seconds
- Payload: 3,500 lbs (could carry a hippo, but…)
- Bed Length: 6.5 ft (can’t fit a hippo)
Where to Find Used Electric Trucks for Sale
The wait time for a new electric truck is a long one, with reservations necessary for most makes and models. However, used EV trucks are available right now on Find My Electric.
From the Rivian R1T to the Hummer EV Pickup (and soon the Cybertruck, too!), we’ve seen listings for every available EV pickup make, model, and trim level. You can sort by price, filter for features (everything from software to seating material) and narrow down your search to just the important stuff. Looking for an Ultium battery? We have filters for that.
But the very best part about searching for a used electric truck on Find My Electric? You only see EVs! We don’t slap ICE vehicles alongside your EV results just because they’re Fords or have the same truck bed size.
Electric truck listings are added daily, so make sure you don’t miss out. Check out our listings for used Ford F-150 Lightnings, Rivian R1Ts, GMC Hummer EV Pickups, and Cybertrucks (coming soon) today!