Elon Musk Promises to Build a Tesla Electric Pickup Truck
We've already known for several months that Tesla is working on an electric semi truck, and that several big companies are lining up to order a fleet of them.
But Tesla also has plans for smaller trucks to sell to the average customer, and they'll get to those plans at some point down the road, at some vaguely specified time.
As he's prone to do, Tesla founder and eccentric rich man Elon Musk broke the news on his Twitter account, after asking his followers how Tesla cars could be improved. Somebody asked whether he'd ever consider an electric pickup truck, and Musk claimed that not only had he considered it, he plans to start work on it once the Model Y is finished.
Musk has a tendency to make bold claims on social media — as anyone who remembers his promise to launch his own Tesla car on a SpaceX rocket will tell you — but to be fair, he has mentioned potential Tesla pickup trucks before. And so far as we know, he's still planning to launch his Tesla into space, so electric pickup trucks seem like a simpler promise by comparison.
I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017
The big problem right now is that "after the Model Y" isn't a concrete timeframe, since there's no official word on when exactly Tesla will be finished with their Model Y, a crossover vehicle built on the company's Model 3 platform. That's supposed to come out sometime in 2019 or 2020, and nothing else has been revealed beyond that.
As mentioned earlier, Musk has hinted at electric pickup trucks in the past, saying he'll reveal more details in the next couple years. And beyond that, some very pickup-like concept art has come out alongside concept art for the Tesla semi.
Similar total size. Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d like to add.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017
At the very least, the Tesla electric semi truck is making some better headway, with some working prototypes and full production slated to begin in 2019. And unlike their Model Y, Tesla has released detailed statistics on the semi's performance, promising two models which can travel 300 and 500 miles before needing a recharge.
But even if it's over a year before we learn any hard information on an electric pickup truck, Musk's excitement about the subject seems genuine, saying he's "dying to build it." So it should get here. Eventually.