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This is the first electric vehicle that I would like to own. It would be great to have this and a small camper given its tow rating. However, the infrastructure just isn't there yet to support that. Finding a charging station gets pretty complicated in remote locations. Hopefully state and national parks will install some charging facilities in the near future, maybe some already have them. I wouldn't rely on remote, small gas stations to have them for quite some time still.
You can get a portable gas generator and toss it in the back of the truck. It requires some diy and some electrical knowledge right now (or paying for a stupidly overpriced model from a company that then charges you a monthly fee to use a generator you paid for that uses gasoline you purchased. Who thinks up these ideas?!).
But I suspect as more ev pickup trucks arrive you'll see more and better custom solutions for range anxiety. For back country driving people often carry extra fuel so its not really a surprising idea.
Another option for those in the right climates would be a large fold out solar panel(s). Youd need at least 1.2-2.5kw of panels (at 300w a panel thats 4-8 panels) and if you spent your outdoor time out west youd likely get 6+ hrs of full sun. At 2-3 miles per kw you'd get 18-36 miles per day. 90 miles returned over a 3 day trip wouldn't be bad, but it would only really be feasible for a truck.
I expect to start seeing portable generators designed to charge at level 2 fairly soon and fairly inexpensively. But the reality is most people won't need it.
Lets say I wanted to go to the RRG near me (its a 2-2.5 hour drive, or about 120 miles I think). With the f150 I could easily get there and almost back. There is a major(ish) city at the halfway point I could charge at so I could arrive at my campsite with 75-80% charge so I could safely burn 25-33% of the power for camping equipment so 23-30kw of power. You could seriously bring a bunch of gaming laptops and have a lan party on a camping trip! Lol
I think what needs to happen is the feds setup some sort of subsidies for gas stations to add lvl 2 or 3 EV chargers. Make it part of the infrastructure bills biden wants to do or raise the gas tax and use that to fund them in the short term (that wont work for long because the income will decrease as EVs become more popular).
I'm a petrol head. I was a bigtime EV skeptic a decade ago because I just didn't see the lithium battery tech coming down in price enough to make it feasible. I was wrong, batteries have plunged in price and the rest of the car is *cheaper* (and cheaper to maintain, which very much excites me). The tech is here or almost here for most passenger vehicle segments. Its time for the gov to suck it up and kickstart the charger network.
As an aside note, I actually expect popular camping areas and parks to start getting EV charging locations sooner rather than later. National parks are an easy way for the .gov to directly fund chargers and anything that reduces noise pollution in parks is a win for me. Id be estatic to see a ban on gas/diesel powered vehicles in national parks as soon as reasonably practical. I *hate* hearing Harleys reverberating through the gorge all summer. I think the bikes sound awesome, just not in a deep natural gorge and national park. The higher pitched buzz of EV motors won't even carry a quarter mile, much less the dozens of miles away you can hear the bikes or modded diesel trucks. (Rant over)