2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Small Electric “Truck” Now On The Market
The Chinese-manufactured vehicles come fully electric in 2 or 4-door models, with rear-wheel drive as well as a 4-WD option. A choice of single or dual rear-mounted high torque motors is available.
Cabs are fully enclosed for weatherproofing and feature air conditioning, backup cameras, and seat belts. Power steering and disc/drum brakes are also included.
“The easiest way to think of them is as an upgraded golf cart, similar to an ATV or a little truck,” says Joseph Chu, COO at Pickman Inc. “We’re a mix between them all.”
The Classic can carry close to a ton in payload and tow up to 2 tons. A receiver for the front or back is optional although most come equipped with a towing package. A ball mount and 4-pin trailer lighting are also included.
Buyers choose between customized beds, boxes, racks or bench seating.
Pickman offers a choice of three battery packages including a lead acid Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) for the single motor models or Lithium 105 Ah or 206 Ah upgrades for the larger units.
A range of 50 to 90 miles is possible before charging is necessary. This is accomplished from either 240-volt or 110-volt power sources depending on outlets and adapters.
“The lead acid batteries take about 8 to 10 hours to charge with a 110-volt outlet,” Chu says. “The 240-volt source will quick charge the batteries in about 2 hours.”
He explains the Classic is popular with universities, farms, construction sites, or any 35-mph. neighborhood commutes. They’ve been available in North America since 2019 from dealers across the nation.
The cost for the standard Classic model is between $16,000 and $28,000 depending on battery size, single or dual motor choice, box selection and other options.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Colby Fite, The Pickman, 10366 W. State St., Star, Idaho 83669 (ph 208-971-8368; Colby.email@example.com; www.thepickman.com).
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