This Tiny Truck Uses EV Tech To Embarrass Old-School Pickups

Besides its impressive cargo-hauling capabilities, the Telo is surprisingly quick. With a dual-motor all-wheel drive architecture that produces 500 horsepower, the little pickup is estimated to accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in a scant 4.0 seconds. EVs are known for their instantaneous torque delivery and the Telos is no different, resulting in an impressive payload capacity of 1,600 pounds and a tow rating of 6,600 pounds.

According to the company, the estimated EPA range is approximately 350 miles and the intent is for the truck’s battery to be able to be charged from 20% up to 80% capacity in about 20 minutes. The Telo is also a capable off-roader, with a full 10 inches of ground clearance and 27-inch tall all-terrain tires. 

Conspicuously absent from the Telo — and accounting for its short length — is any sort of hood or frunk whatsoever. Company co-founder and CTO Forrest North thought that when electric vehicles took off in popularity, “there would just be an explosion of different vehicles” and was surprised when that didn’t happen, with the space that was formally occupied by an internal combustion engine being unnecessarily retained.

Telo has targeted a retail price of $49,999 for its tiny truck, not including eligible tax incentives. If you’re interested, deposits are being accepted in the amount of $152 which corresponds to the length of the Telo in inches. Future plans include an optional camper shell and a bolt-in third row of seats, which will increase the seating capacity to eight passengers.

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