Atlis XT Electric Pickup Promising 500-Mile Range And Edgy Looks

There is a new player to the world of electric pickup trucks, the Atlis XT, and much like the Rivian R1T, it is an edgy concept with eye-catching looks and promising range and performance figures.

Its creator, Atlis Motor Vehicles, was founded in 2016 after truck enthusiast Mark Hanchett successfully converted a diesel pickup into an EV. The market may be in its infancy, but companies are rushing to be among the first to bring such vehicles to the masses and benefit from early adopters.

Underpinning the Atlis XT is a bespoke skateboard-style modular platform that includes independent traction motors at each wheel and single-speed direct-drive transmissions. The platform can also be configured with different suspension systems, four-wheel steering, and a tandem axle.

Atlis hasn’t released specifications about the electric motors and batteries the XT will be available with, but says the battery will be offered in 300 mile (482 km), 400 mile (643 km), and 500 mile (804 km) versions. Depending on which battery pack is optioned and which motors it’s coupled with, trailer hitch towing capabilities will vary between 5000 lbs (2267 kg) and 20,000 lbs (9071 kg). Fifth wheel and gooseneck towing capabilities will range from 10,000 lbs (4535 kg) and 35,000 lbs (15,875 kg) and the payload will vary from 1000 lbs (453 kg) to 5000 lbs (2267 kg).

The Atlis XT is also noteworthy for other reasons, too. For example, it uses side cameras rather than traditional mirrors and will eventually offer Level 5 autonomous driving. Inside, it will come equipped with a large central touchscreen offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

To ensure owners can easily charge their XTs, Atlis intends on developing its own high-speed charging network throughout the United States, providing charge times as low as 15 minutes.

Pricing will start at $45,000 and Atlis says it will offer the option of a subscription plan starting at $700 per month for the pickup, maintenance, insurance, and free charging.

The XT will be manufactured in the United Statess and should hit the market in 2020.

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  • Zandit75

    More vaporware.

    • Ken Lyns

      Yep. Most likely will run out of cash before bringing to market. And it’s one thing to compete against low-volume cars like the Merc S-class or Lexus LS, quite another to compete against the F150 that enjoys the economy of scale of 700,000 units a year.

      • Dude

        Given the extreme popularity of pickup trucks and the fact that they’re easier to manufacture compared to something like a luxury sedan, I see no reason why investors won’t jump on to this seeking Tesla-like gains and force it to life. Or they could just take the Model 3 route and delay the cheap version a few years while building steam on the high-margin version.

  • IMPRESSIVE SPECS BUT DITCH THE FAKE AIR INTAKES…IT’S PLAYED OUT.

    • Dude

      Maybe they route down to the brakes/regen system

      • I DOUBT IT SINCE 90% OF THE AIR INTAKES WE SEE ARE FAKE. IT’S TIME TO LET THIS OVERUSED DESIGN FAD TO PASS.

        • Dude

          The big center thing doesn’t seem to be trying to be an intake. Only the two side ones so I give it a pass. And it’s probably more likely that they go to the battery

          • I GUESS YOU’RE MISSING MY POINT AND THAT IS THE OVERUSE OF THE AIR INTAKES.

            EVEN TESLA HAS A RADIATOR UNDER THE BUMPER, SO AIR IS NEEDED FOR BATTERY COOLING.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Misspelled brand name, and apparently quite a few typos in the CAD application too.

  • Bash

    I don’t think it would fly. Something is not right. Plus the exterior is half baked imho

  • Mike anonymous

    This seems A LOT LESS like Tesla or Rivian, and a lot more (based on the information about this company, it’s founder, and how it got started),. like a guy who just wanted an electric pick up, so he built his own, and simply wants others to also own what he’s built.
    A Bit less like a F-150 competitor, and A LOT MORE like a humble garage project of a guy who wanted to share his idea/work with others, who also happened to receive backing/funding for his idea.

    • Bash

      The rival looked much much better imo.

      • Mike anonymous

        Personally, I agree with you 100% Bash. (No offense to the people and team who built the Atlis, but) The Rivian seems more,. ‘complete/completed’ than this vehicle here.

  • We’ll see if they make it into production, still waiting on Bollinger and Rivian as well.

  • U8INIT

    $700 a month?! Sign me right on up!!!

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    looks like a russian design

  • Dennis Scipio

    It looks lot more masculine than the Rivian electric pickup.

  • DR.FUNK

    Meanwhile…the big 3 pickup makers are just starting to dabble with a hybrid.

  • Blade t

    They better be able to get their production numbers rolling fast if they want to sell for 45k and have a subscription service. .

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