Elon Musk has been on a roll this year. Tesla’s CEO has had a busy year with a number of great innovations both in the electric vehicle and space industry. It is with Tesla though that Musk has been making headlines. A few weeks after Tesla unveiled the all-electric semi-truck and the new Tesla Roadster, Musk went on Twitter to ask his followers how Tesla can further improve.
A lot of feedback came through but there was one particular tweet that caught the most attention. In response to a user who requested from Tesla to build an all-electric pickup truck, Elon Musk promised that the company would make a pickup truck after the production of Model Y. Musk said that he already had the core engineering and design elements for the truck.
It seems that the wait is now over and assuming that Musk will keep his promise, the production of an all-electric pickup truck might happen sooner than expected. A few details about how the pickup truck would look also came out. Musk said that in terms of size, the pickup truck would more or less be the same as the Ford F-150. However, he hinted that the pickup truck could be slightly bigger in order to accommodate a “game-changing feature” that he was thinking of adding. We don’t know what the feature is but it’s likely going to be a significant part of the truck and how it works.
However, for people who have followed Tesla’s rapid development of electric cars, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The American carmaker had always planned to launch an all-electric pickup truck over the next two or three years. Besides, during the reveal of the all-electric semi-truck, Musk also shared an image of an electric pickup. According to the photo, the pickup truck is largely based on the semi-truck’s architecture.
However, despite this similarity, Musk maintained that Tesla will create a totally new pickup truck. Reports are not sure when this will happen. Tesla already has a lot on its plate but knowing Musk and what he has done so far, it might come sooner than we think.
The only thing we know at the moment is that the truck will come after the Model Y. But Tesla has not unveiled the Model Y either. Reports indicate that the car is already at very advanced stages of its development. The Model Y is a crossover/small SUV vehicle. Tesla says that if all goes as planned, production could begin as early as 2020. But there is still a lot that stands between now and then. An all-electric pickup truck will be a big leap for Tesla. But the launch of the all-electric semi-truck in late November this year was a clear indication that the company is already headed towards that direction.