As first reported by electrek.co, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter this past Saturday that the company is “close” to unveiling its much anticipated all-electric pickup truck. In an exchange with Twitter user @JeremyGreenlee who asked for an update on the project, Musk’s reply is below:
We’re close, but the magic is in the final details. Maybe 2 to 3 months.
— e^👁🥧 (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019
Using my superior math skills, this means that we could get our first look at the new model as soon as September or October!
The question on every Tesla enthusiast’s mind is: what will it look like? In an interview last year with vox.com, Musk stated, “Well I can’t talk about the details, but it’s gonna be like a really futuristic-like cyberpunk, “Blade Runner” pickup truck. It’s gonna be awesome, it’s gonna be amazing. This will be heart-stopping. It stops my heart. It’s like, oh, it’s great.” While Musk did not elaborate further about the design of the vehicle, he did go on to say, “It’s something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. If there’s only a small number of people that like that truck, I guess we’ll make a more conventional truck in the future. But it’s the thing that I am personally most fired up about.”
Tesla’s famous CEO has previously given some hints about possible features that the truck might have. These include an optional battery upgrade that will give the truck 400 to 500 miles of range on a single charge. Musk has also stated that the truck will cost less than $50,000 and have 300,000 pounds of towing capacity. The pickup will also feature an all-wheel-drive powertrain and a suspension that dynamically adjusts based on the weight of the specific load.
In June of 2018, Musk took to Twitter to ask Tesla fans what they wanted:
What would you love to see in a Tesla pickup truck? I have a few things in mind, but what do you think are small, but important nuances & what would be seriously next level?
— e^👁🥧 (@elonmusk) June 26, 2018
As you can see, his post received over 31,000 suggestions from Tesla fans worldwide.
Based on Musk’s most recent comments, the Tesla pickup will be the next model to follow the new Model Y crossover SUV. The Model Y is being marketed as the younger brother of Tesla’s Model X and is set to retail for as little as $40,000 on the American market. This places the cost of the Model Y at about half of the sticker price of a base Model X.
Pricing for the new Tesla pickup suggests that the company intends on competing directly with successful pickups like Ford’s F-150 and Dodge’s Ram lines. Both Ford and GM have claimed to be working on all electric versions of their best selling pickups, so it should be interesting to see who will emerge as the victor in the market.
What do our readers think? Will Tesla be able to deliver a pickup truck capable of competing with the big boys or will Elon’s enthusiasm be crushed by competitors? Please leave us a comment below and let us know what the future holds.
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