Mostly because they think electric pickups will not deliver what they need most.
While the EV community has all eyes on future electric pickup trucks, such as the one Tesla is developing, the Bollinger B2, or the Rivian R1T, farmers in Alberta are mostly not aware of them. When they hear about them, they laugh, according to Automotive News Canada. Mostly because they doubt an electric truck would suit their needs.
Alberta farmers need pickup trucks to be dependable and capable of carrying a lot of loads. They also fear the need to recharge may put pickups away from the job for an amount of time they do not have to spare.
DC Fast-charging infrastructure is mostly present in big cities. Unless electric pickup truck manufacturers invest in them for rural areas, the farmers would have to do so. And they are apparently very comfortable with refueling their gas tanks whenever they need.
Dennis DesRosiers, president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. in Richmond Hill, Ontario, said that electric pickup trucks would have to have attractive pricing and also to deal well with huge loads. He claims the high torque demand would rapidly deplete the battery pack, requiring constant recharges.