Back in 2019, EV startup Atlis unveiled renderings of their XT electric pickup truck. Now, after almost 3 years, the company finally has a physical prototype.
Contrary to those original renderings, though, which displayed the XT with a fairly traditional pickup truck shape, the prototype features a way boxier, squared-off design that looks more like a regular-shaped Tesla Cybertruck.
As is the case with other EV pickups like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T, the XT has a frunk. However, what sets this one apart from the rest is that it can actually be used to weld out of.
Another one of the XT’s party tricks is the side view “mirrors”, which are actually cameras that extend out of the fenders, doubling as turn signals similar to the semaphores found on some older cars. And to ensure that they still pop out in colder climates, the camera units are fitted with heating elements to ensure they don’t get frozen shut.
Underpinning the XT is what Atlis calls the XP platform, an in-house designed skateboard-style architecture that includes independent traction motors at each wheel and single-speed direct-drive transmissions, and can be configured with different suspension and steering systems.
The Spec Sheet
Unfortunately, Atlis hasn’t released any new specs of the truck, but the ones from 2019 are still promising. They include between 300 and 500 miles (483-805 km) of range based on battery and motor choice, between 1,000 and 5,000 lbs (454-2,268 kg) payload, from 5,000 to 20,000 lbs (2,268-9,072 kg) of towing capacity with a hitch, and between 10,000 and 35,000 lbs (4,536-15,876 km) of towing capacity with a gooseneck.
Additionally, Atlis claims the truck will be able to fully charge in as little as 15 minutes with their proprietary high-speed charging network, which they plan on developing throughout the United States in the near future.
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Something we hadn’t seen of the XT up until now beyond a rendering was the truck’s interior. The crown jewel is a 12.8-inch infotainment screen capable of running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which was strategically designed so that essential vehicle functions could be accessed within three touches of the screen.
Flanking that display is a digital gauge cluster that’s attached to the steering column, which was done to ensure optimal visibility of the screen no matter how the steering wheel is adjusted, as well as two screens on either side of the wheel for the side view camera feed. The interior as a whole was also designed with work-oriented clientele in mind, so all materials are easily cleanable and resistant to stains, scratches and rips.
Pricing for the XT is set to start at $45,000, which is already pretty competitive for the EV truck segment, plus Atlis says it will also offer the option of a subscription plan starting at $700. Production of the XT is slated to begin in late 2022, with deliveries to follow after.