Dillman paid just $1,800 for the truck and spent another $750 to ship it. A small price for a pretty significant part of our modern EV history. He doesn’t plan on modifying it to run off a modern lithium-ion battery, either, writing:
“After looking into lithium-ion, far too much modifying would need to be done to the truck. Due to the rarity of the truck, I will be sticking to the lead-acid [battery] in order to keep it original and use the also obsolete Magne Charger. I will accept poor range before chopping things up. It’s far too unique to customize.”
The Chevrolet S-10 Electric and GM EV1 weren’t the only options for a battery-electric vehicle in the 1990s. Buyers or lessees interested in other environmental offerings could seek out an electrified version of the Ford Ranger, which came out in 1998, and the Toyota RAV4. Chrysler even pushed an all-electric Grand Caravan dubbed the “TEVan” for a cool $120,000 a pop. Compared to the electric cars of today, that’s like buying a brand new Tesla Model X P100D or the Porsche Taycan Turbo, except, you know, it was a Grand Caravan.
Tesla’s upcoming dual-motor Cybertruck is said to be priced at $49,900 and is estimated to achieve more than four times the range of the S-10 with significantly more power whenever it goes into production. And Rivian, Ford, and Chevrolet are all working on similar EV pickup truck offerings as well—GM says it will have a full-size electric pickup on sale in 2021.
We’re still a few years until the next generation of electric vehicles are ready for public consumption, but weird gems like Chevrolet’s S-10 Electric are still out there to be rediscovered. Maybe our electric future will see these soon-to-be-historic machines rise in prominence and value? Only time will tell.
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