Following is the list of the Top 10 Best Electric Trucks of 2023, with their price, range, and specification details.
1. Mercedes-Benz GenH2
Mercedes-Benz has recently unveiled its new hydrogen-powered truck, called the GenH2. This cutting-edge vehicle is powered by liquid hydrogen, which provides a performance similar to that of a diesel-powered truck. The use of liquid hydrogen was a deliberate choice by the designers, as it offers a higher energy density, allowing for more space for cargo and the cabin.
Each hydrogen tank on the GenH2 delivers 150 kilowatts of energy and is complemented by a 70-kilowatt-hour battery, which provides additional power on an as-needed basis. The truck is equipped with two electric motors, one with 544 horsepower and the other with 408 horsepower, totaling 952 horsepower and 2,690 pound-feet of torque. With 88-pound hydrogen tanks, the GenH2 has a range of 621 miles when fully charged and a top speed of 53 miles per hour.
Production of the GenH2 is expected to begin in 2023, making it one of the best electric trucks available.
|Power Source||Liquid Hydrogen|
|Energy Output per Tank||150 kilowatts|
|Electric Motors||2 (544 horsepower, 408 horsepower)|
|Total Horsepower||952 horsepower|
|Total Torque||2,690 pound-feet|
|Range||621 miles (fully charged)|
|Top Speed||53 miles per hour|
2. Nikola One FCEV Truck
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Despite its impressive performance, the Nikola One has a maximum weight limit of 39 tons while remaining functional, and boasts a 30% larger cabin compared to the average truck of its kind.
Recognizing the need for convenient and accessible hydrogen fueling options, Nikola has committed to installing 700 hydrogen fueling stations across the United States by 2028 to support the growing number of hydrogen vehicles on the road.
|Power Source||Hydrogen Fuel Cell|
|Refueling Time||15 minutes|
|Energy Output||Enough for the electric motor to drive over 750 miles|
|Engine Torque||3,700 pound-feet|
|Engine Power Output||335 horsepower|
|Top Speed||60 miles per hour|
|Maximum Weight (loaded and functional)||39 tons|
|Cabin Size||30% larger than the average truck of its kind|
|Hydrogen Fueling Stations||700 fueling points across the US by 2028|
3. Tesla Semi Truck
The Tesla Semi is an electric truck that was introduced by Tesla in 2017 and began production two years later. The truck received high demand with 2,000 units pre-sold in May 2020.
The Tesla Semi comes in two subtypes with ranges of 300 miles and 500 to 600 miles, and prices for the truck range from $150,000 to $200,000 depending on various specifications. The battery of the Tesla Semi can be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes, and the motor boasts a powerful output of 1000 horsepower, with the ability to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles in 20 seconds and reach a top speed of 60 miles per hour.
Despite its impressive features, the Tesla Semi faces stiff competition in the heavy-duty truck market, with projections for only 100,000 sales. It remains to be seen if Tesla can establish itself as a major player in the industry.
|Range (miles)||300 / 500-600|
|Price||$ 150,000 – 200,000 (USD)|
|Battery Charge Time (minutes)||30|
|Motor Power (horsepower)||1,000|
|Acceleration (0-62 mph in seconds)||20|
|Top Speed (mph)||60|
4. Hyundai Xcient FCEV Truck
Hyundai has introduced a hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck, the Xcient, into the logistics market. The Xcient can be filled in less than 10 minutes and has a range of 248 miles when fully charged. The hydrogen fuel cells produce 180 kilowatts of energy and are supported by a 72-kilowatt-hour battery. The large hydrogen tanks have a combined storage capacity of 68 pounds of fuel. The engine of the Xcient has 469 horsepower, 1,649 pound-feet of torque, and can travel at 52 miles per hour.
Hyundai has announced the export of 27 Xcient FCEV trucks to be used on German roads by seven logistics, manufacturing, and retail companies.
|Fuel Type||Hydrogen Fuel Cell|
|Refueling Time (minutes)||< 10|
|Fuel Cell Power (kilowatts)||180|
|Battery Power (kilowatt hours)||72|
|Fuel Storage Capacity (pounds)||68|
|Engine Power (horsepower)||469|
|Engine Torque (pound-feet)||1,649|
|Top Speed (mph)||52|
5. Kenworth T680 FCEV Truck
The Kenworth T680 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) is a joint effort between Kenworth and Toyota. The T680 FCEV runs on a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electricity that is transmitted to the electric motor. With 560 horsepower and 1,375 pound-feet of torque, the T680 FCEV can reach a top speed of 65 miles per hour. The hydrogen fuel cell can be recharged in just 15 minutes, providing a range of 350 miles, making it suitable for average U.S. hauling needs.
The T680 FCEV performed well in various tests, including climbing hills and handling extreme temperatures, as well as showcasing great driving ability on winding and curvy roads. Ten units of the T680 FCEV will be delivered to the Port of Los Angeles.
|Vehicle||Kenworth T680 FCEV|
|Joint Work||Kenworth and Toyota|
|Power Source||Hydrogen Fuel Cell|
|Top Speed||65 mph|
|Charging Time||15 minutes|
|Delivery||10 units delivered to the Port of Los Angeles|
6. Lion8 Electric Truck
Lion8 is a flagship truck produced by the Canadian company Lion. The company has a foundation dating back to 2011 as a school bus manufacturer, but in 2017 it diversified and started producing electric trucks. The Lion 8 has a top speed of 65 miles per hour, with an engine delivering 470 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque.
Price and Specifications
The fully loaded functional weight is 24.7 tons and it is priced at $300,000. The fully charged range is 248 miles, with a battery capacity of 480-kilowatt hours that can be charged in a maximum of 16 hours and a minimum of 2.5 hours, depending on the power of the charger.
|Engine||470 horsepower, 257 lb-ft of torque|
|Fully Loaded Weight||24.7 tons|
|Range (Fully Charged)||248 miles|
|Charging Time||2.5 – 16 hours (depending on charger power)|
7. Freightliner eCascadia EV Truck
The Freightliner eCascadia is a 100% electric truck that is ready for delivery to customers after successful testing on US roads. With a 550 kilowatt-hour battery, the eCascadia offers a range of 250 miles, which can be increased to 450 miles with an 80-90 minute charge. The truck’s engine produces 730 horsepower and outputs 23,000 pound-feet of torque, with a maximum fully loaded weight of 37 tons.
The Freightliner eCascadia features a sleek design with blue lights, making it a sight to behold. Companies that purchase the eCascadia can reduce their fuel-related operating costs and enjoy a vehicle that is much quieter than its diesel counterparts.
|Engine Power||730 horsepower|
|Charge Time||80-90 minutes|
|Fully Loaded Weight||37 tons|
|Design||Sleek with blue lights|
8. NIKOLA TRE EV Truck
The Nikola TRE is a heavy-duty truck that is part of a collaboration between European truck manufacturer Iveco and Nikola, a clean energy company based in America. The vehicle boasts an impressive 645 horsepower engine and a top speed of 75 mph. It is designed with a 720-kilowatt-hour battery system, capable of charging from 10 to 80% in about 100 minutes, offering a range of 310 miles.
The design of the Nikola TRE is based on Iveco’s Sway heavy-duty truck and will be manufactured in Arizona, with production starting in 2023 at the ohm plant in Germany. The interior of the truck features two seats, a touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 360-degree camera system, as well as the ability to lock and unlock the doors from a smartphone app.
A total of 500 units of the Nikola TRE will be produced, offering a cutting-edge, powerful, and efficient electric truck option for those in the market.
|Engine Power||645 horsepower|
|Joint Project||Iveco and Nikola|
|Design||Based on Iveco’s Sway heavy-duty truck|
|Top Speed||75 mph|
|Engine Torque||1,327 lb-ft|
|Battery System||720-kilowatt hours|
|Charging Time||10-80% in 100 minutes|
|Cabin Features||2 seats, touch screen, Bluetooth, 360-degree camera system, phone app locking|
9. VOLVO VNR ELECTRIC TRUCK
Volvo VNR Electric is a battery-powered vehicle launched by Volvo in December 2021. It is based on the popular Volvo VNR fuel model and is aimed at becoming a leader in battery-powered vehicles worldwide. The electric truck boasts a top speed of 65 miles per hour and a powerful engine that can output 455 horsepower and 4051 pound-feet of torque.
The 565-kilowatt-hour battery can be recharged to 80% in 70 minutes and has a range of up to 150 miles when fully charged. Despite its smaller size compared to the fuel-powered Volvo VNR, it is still large enough to carry heavy loads, and its weight, added to its cargo, can be up to 37 tons while still being functional.
|Model||Volvo VNR Electric|
|Based on||Volvo VNR Fuel model|
|Top Speed||65 mph|
|Engine Power||455 horsepower|
|Recharge Time||80% in 70 minutes|
|Range||Up to 150 miles|
|Weight||Up to 37 tons (including cargo)|
10. SCANIA ELECTRIC TRUCK
The Scania Electric Truck is a highly efficient and aerodynamic vehicle produced by Scania. The 2022 model features a 624-kilowatt-hour battery pack that offers a range of 217 miles on a full charge and can be fully charged in less than 90 minutes. The truck is equipped with an engine that delivers 560 horsepower, and it can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. With its compact design and impressive performance, Scania is poised to compete in the growing electric truck market.
|Battery pack||624-kilowatt hour|
|Charging time||Less than 90 minutes|
|Engine power||560 horsepower|
|Top speed||50 miles per hour|