- Hybrid and electric trucks were once seen as futuristic, but the invention of more powerful electric motors has started a race for automakers to produce hybrid and electric trucks.
- If you’re looking for a hybrid or electric truck, you still have a rather limited selection in 2022.
- Chevrolet, GMC and Toyota are planning the release of their own hybrid trucks for 2023, 2024 and 2025, so stay tuned.
It wasn’t too long ago that people couldn’t imagine the possibility of a hybrid or electric pickup truck. Times have certainly changed though, and automakers are in a sprint to release hybrid versions of their top-selling trucks. At this time, it might be a little difficult to find a purely hybrid truck, there will be more options in the near future.
If you’re looking to tow or haul while still saving a lot of money on gas, this guide reviews the different types of hybrid trucks currently available and which ones are worthy of your consideration.
What Is a Hybrid Pickup Truck?
Traditional trucks burn gasoline or diesel. For a long time, it wasn’t realistic to run a pickup truck with an electric motor because the motors couldn’t possibly provide enough power to meet the towing and hauling demands of people who need a pickup for work or personal use. But automakers have been tackling this problem over the last 10 years and creating electric motors that are more powerful than ever before.
The way that hybrids work is through two different motors. One is still powered with gas or diesel, and the other is an electric motor that draws power from a large battery in the vehicle. When the battery is depleted, the main motor takes over. The braking system uses energy whenever you slow down, and the alternator recharges the battery while you drive.