Perhaps the most promising electric vehicle startup out there today is Rivian. The company has investments from large car brands like Ford, and even funding from outside the automotive world, like Amazon. Rivian formed in 2009, but drivers only recently began being able to purchase their electric vehicles.
Today, drivers can choose between two Rivian vehicles—the R1T pickup truck and the R1S SUV, both of which, of course, are fully electric. Many car critics agree that the R1T pickup, with an electric engine that produces 800 hp and a driving range of over 300 miles before needing a charge, is the stand out vehicle from Rivian.
Mullen is creating a model similar to the Qiantu K50, which is an electric sports car, for the United States. Beyond the new model, Mullen debuted one other electric car in the United States back in 2019 at the Los Angeles Auto Show called the Five. It’s not scheduled to start production for another two years, but if the car company can form enough interest starting now in 2022, the Five and the new electric sports car combined on the market could mean huge wins for Mullen.
Canoo is unique because of its modular electric vehicle style and potential for many different cars. CNET reports Canoo’s first vehicle preview was a minivan, and there are plans for multiple delivery vehicles in the works as well. Production for the electric delivery vehicles should begin in 2023, and if you’d like to put a deposit down on one it’ll cost you only $100—plus it's refundable.
Canoo also has plans to debut an electric pickup truck with a full bed. While this startup is definitely quirky and a bit all over the map, their style just might work and produce something big.