EdisonFuture presented two concepts at LA Auto
The electric vehicle startup EdisonFuture has debuted two concept vehicles at the LA Auto Show, aiming to bring both models to market in 2025. The EF1-T is an electric pickup, and the EF1-V is an electric delivery van.
While the EF1-T is reminiscent of the Tesla Cybertruck and other pickup truck models, the EF1-V looks more akin to a long-stretched van (some may see a hearse). This also means that it features significant storage space.
EdisonFuture is an EV subsidiary brand created by Phoenix Motor in Ontario, Canada. EdisonFuture thus joins Phoenix Motorcars as half of a dual-brand strategy under the same larger EV umbrella. Phoenix Motorcars also exists as a wholly-owned subsidiary of SPI Energy, which focuses on renewable energy. Thus the parent company can use solar power to charge customers’ vehicles.
What is more, EdisonFuture’s new vehicles notably feature solar panels on the roof. The company says these could provide 25-35 additional miles of range each day “under sunny conditions”. While specs have to be finalised, range estimates run from 480 over 608 to 720 kilometres depending on the trim. That’s 300 – 450 miles which seem long for such a large vehicle. Battery capacity is given at 120, 150 and 180 kWh.
Edison claims the EF1-T Standard does 0-60 mph in under 6.5 seconds, the EF1-TP Premium in 4.5 seconds, and the EF1-TS Super in 3.9 seconds. In addition, the towing capacity ranges between 7,500 lbs on the base model and 11,000 lbs on the top of the range.
According to the EdisonFuture team, the vehicle design was based on feedback from its commercial fleet customers through Phoenix Motorcars. However, this is a very early development iteration, and the production versions will vary based on consumer feedback. The company’s open approach to the market will help them, as they are somewhat late to the party.
“EdisonFuture is here to provide innovative, bold, and sustainable options for consumers,” said Chief Marketing Officer Jose Paul Plackal, adding: “There are other manufacturers in the truck segment, and we applaud those efforts. In addition, the EV space is growing at such a rapid pace, so there is an opportunity for numerous OEMs to address the demand.”
Both concepts are planned to launch as serial versions by 2025; however, the company has commented that the LA Auto Show held significantly more interest for the electric pickup truck model over the electric transporter.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include new information regarding battery size and respective range.
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Here’s my take: I could care less how fast it goes from 0-60 or how much HP or torque it has, my concern and the only reason I looked at the truck was for is mileage! How many miles on a full charge? I need 300 min. to operate/use the truck as I intend to. And, can I order a higher mileage battery if the standard isn’t high enough.
This is why we are all waiting on the Cybertruck because Tesla taunts a 400-500 mile range.
Electric vehicles will never claim a large market share until the batteries change to an extended life charge.
Please note, Edison has now published a preliminary spec and we have updated the mileage data accordingly. Please also bear in mind that we are an independent news outlet and not a manufacturer of any vehicles.