We recently received this question from Alex. He brings up at least two very important questions. It’s just about a hybrid pickup truck versus an all-electric one. It’s also about not being able to test drive some of these new trucks before making a buying decision.
“I’m considering a 2022 Tundra TRD Pro vs. a 2022 Ford F150 Lightning (similarly priced trim level, perhaps the XLT+ or Lariat). After speaking to my local dealers, both Ford and Toyota, it’s apparent that there will be virtually no models supplied for the purpose of test driving before a customer would be able to buy or order their own. Before taking this leap of faith in either direction, I thought it would be prudent to see if somewhere on the internet, someone has addressed this question. Is it better to go full force into the world of EVs, or to take the baby step into a hybrid?
I know Mr. Smirnov has the Ford PowerBoost hybrid. Given the new EVs and Hybrids are becoming available, would he make the same choice? Toyota is already taking preorders and Ford is set to start taking orders based on their $100 reservation list starting the 26th of October. Since deliveries could take up to a few months into 2022 at best, I would appreciate any insight you can provide to help me make this decision.“
Alex, the answer depends on how you plan to use your pickup truck. I chose a gas/electric Hybrid truck because I live in Colorado and I tow a ski boat for recreation. I decided not to wait for an all-electric pickup. I often tow the boat with the family over long distances (300-400 miles) and up and down mountains. The hybrid is a better fit for me at this point. The hybrid offers good city efficiency and plenty of power for towing.