It’s called the Pickman XR, and it’s a fully electric scaled-down mini truck with big truck features and capabilities, poised to please U.S. customers by the end of the year. Right now it’s built in Kunming, China, but the truck’s City of Industry, California-based staff and design team hope to bring manufacturing into the U.S in the future.
Reminding us of the Alpha Wolf electric truck, the Pickman is indeed petite in structure. The four-door version, slightly longer than the two-door, measures about 12 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 6 feet high, with a 93.0-inch wheelbase. The shortest wheelbase Chevy S-10 was about 108 inches and measured just shy of 16 feet long, for comparison. The Pickman can go up to 50 mph and seemingly has a two-speed transfer case. Towing is reported to be about 6,600 pounds, with hauling coming in around 1,300 pounds. Note that the new Toyota Tundra hauls about 1,940 pounds and the compact Ford Maverick tows 4,000 pounds. As such, we’re a little suspect of Pickman’s towing and payload figures.
As mentioned, the Pickman XR is fully electric, with three battery options to choose from for this dual-motor pickup: LTE (7 kWh, 50-mile range); BSE (15 kWh, 90-mile range, $1,500 upcharge); and EXT (22 kWh, 130-mile range, $4,000 upcharge). There’s an optional 5-kW portable power station for extra range or for use as a power source.
The Pickman has legit truck attributes and options such as LED spotlights, optional tubular doors, a glass windshield, towing package, front receiver, side steps, independent suspension, skid plates, power windows, power doors, 15-inch wheels, a big (for this truck’s size) bed, a backup camera, a 7.0-inch LCD display, and more. The two-door XR runs about $17,000, while the four-door 4XR runs about $18,000. Sounds relatively good, unless you consider the 2022 Ford Maverick, which starts at $19,995.
Sure, the loveable Pickman has a host of features, capabilities, and functionality. There’s one big problem, though, and you’ve probably been wondering about this one detail the whole time. It’s not street legal. And in our eyes, a vehicle that’s relegated to farms and private land and not allowed on public streets is, at the very least, quite limiting. Of course, you’d have to check your state’s laws on where the Pickman would and wouldn’t be allowed to roam.
Its off-road-only status is problematic for another reason. This factor essentially places the Pickman in the competitive UTV side-by-side and utility vehicle market, which has a bunch of established offerings at varying price points and performance levels. It’s an extremely hot market. For example, there’s the John Deere Gator XUV835M, the Can-Am Defender, the Honda Talon 1000X, the electric Polaris Ranger, the Polaris RZR Pro XP, and the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX 1000. They may not be apples-to-apples with the Pickman, but the point remains that there are tons of options when it comes to something like the Mahindra Roxor—oh wait, that’s perhaps the best competitor yet to the Pickman.
With its chunky cab and prominent bed, the Pickman looks like a generic non-U.S.-spec mini truck, and that’s what it really has going for it. Find out more about the Pickman XR’s latest campaign on Indiegogo. Pickman offers a three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and plans to stock higher-demand spare parts in its City of Industry facility. Shipping begins in December 2021.
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