Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Buy a mini-pickup for only $8,950!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Who can forget Pac-Man, the cute little video character that revolutionized video arcade games back in the 1980s? Well, there’s a Chinese manufacturer who wants to make that kind of memory with its product: Pickman. Unlike Pac-Man, Pickman won’t be rolling out in a video arcade, but rather, rolling down a street near you because Pickman is a new entrant to the pickup truck market.

Kaiyun Motors

Don’t imagine hitching up your fifth-wheel to a Pickman pickup. While the truck’s price is small, a miniscule $8,950, its payload is pretty small, too: 1,100 pounds of cargo carrying capacity.

But hey! This flashy Chinese import won’t set you back much at the fuel pump – Pickman is an electric truck that cruises along at an outstanding 28 miles per hour. That top speed in itself should save money for some – if you get frequent tickets for speeding, that should be a thing of the past.

Kaiyun Motors, Pickman’s producer, may have its hands full with competition. Consider that U.S. giant truck builder Ford says it’s rolling out an all-electric version of its popular F150. Kaiyun isn’t worried. “2019 will be year one for Kaiyun as we take on overseas markets including the U.S.,” a Kaiyun representative told Bloomberg News. “We can make our Pickman as successful as the F-150.”

Maybe Pickman will make it’s mark among teardrop RV owners. Lightweight. Economical. And as long as your campground isn’t too far from home, it shouldn’t be too much of stretch to imagine a Pickman pulling your popup – as long as you don’t exceed the 75-mile range per “fill up.”

Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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BuzzElectric (@guest_40385)
4 years ago

I drive a 2007 GEM E2. electric car. It is categorized as an Low Speed Vehicles or a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle. This means by law they can only drive on roads posted at less than 35mph. The also must be governed to go no more than 25mph. The advertised driving distance is posted at 75 miles. This is more than likely bogus as it is equipped with standard lead acid batteries. If it was equipped with some kind of lithium battery I would be less skeptical. With the batteries it has I’d bet no more than a 25 mile range. Don’t trust the Chinese.

Steven M Jenkins (@guest_40312)
4 years ago

28mph??? That’s no F-150.

John Karlson (@guest_40253)
4 years ago

Just what we need, more Chinese garbage that is impossible to get parts for when it breaks down – and it will!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_40141)
4 years ago


RV Staff
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Is that a “no,” Tommy? 😀 —Diane at

Howard Roark (@guest_40119)
4 years ago

Is it street legal? Definitely not legal for freeways. What can it do that an upscale golf cart cannot? Never driven a golf cart 75 miles so have no idea what their range would be?

Billy Bob Thorton (@guest_40077)
4 years ago

Put a 25% import duty on it. Honestly, it looks like a useless toy. Comparing it to an F-150, now that’s a joke.

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