Elon Musk All Fired Up About Tesla’s “Super-Futuristic Cyberpunk” Pickup Truck

Tesla’s Elon Musk has revealed his excitement for the brand’s upcoming electric pickup truck. In fact, speaking with Recode, Musk said that the pickup is the one Tesla vehicle he is most interested in.

”I’m personally super-excited by this pickup truck. It’s something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. And I’ve been iterating sort of designs with Franz… It’s like I really wanted something that’s like super-futuristic cyberpunk.”

The sole teaser image of the pickup released revealed a vehicle so gargantuan that it can fit a Ford F-150 in its bed. Musk admits that the vehicle’s size could divide opinions but doesn’t really care.

“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. It’s gonna have a lot of titanium,” he added.

Quizzed about why he is so enthusiastic about the pickup truck, Musk said that it will be “heart-stopping,” is “gonna be amazing,” and “gonna be awesome.”

“You know, I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not, but I don’t care. I mean I do care, eventually, you know. Like sure, I care. We wanna get gasoline, diesel pickup trucks off the road,” he added.

Tesla intends on introducing its massive pickup after the Model Y crossover launches next year. Based on its size, it is believed that the pickup will share many of its components with the all-electric Tesla Semi that’s currently being developed.

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  • AS MUCH A I ADMIRE WHAT TESLA HAS DONE BUT THIS IS JUST TOO RIDICULOUS.
    HOW HARD WOULD IT BE TO BUT A PICK-UP BODY ON THE MODEL 3 AND MODEL S PLATFORM? OTHER COMPANIES USE ONE PLATFORM FOR MANY VARYING KINDS OF CARS.

    • Mr. EP9

      If I recall it would have features that would make it a good work truck such as being able to power equipment and act as a generator. Well, that’s what I think Elon said but I can’t keep track. Anyway, if that’s the case, then it will have to haul, tow, and have 4×4 capabilities like any other pickup truck; both on and off road. Having it based on a car platform isn’t sufficient.

    • no25

      yeah and how hard would it be for you to just turn the all caps off?

  • Mike anonymous

    A similar article was posted on The Verge a few days ago regarding this. Most people there (in the comment section) seemed to not realize that the vehicle in the image is not the same size as a normal ‘pick up’ truck, and more the size of a XL utilitarian vehicle (large enough to fit a full sizes Ford F150 in it’s bed).

    This vehicle will generally be used for things for companies that haul things, shipping, or very serious (not your average everyday) heavy duty work. Now there are a number of Electric and Plug-in pickup trucks coming in the next few years from major automakers, and I don’t see the need for a Tesla pick up in this sector for any other reason than a cash grab,.. BUT if they made a vehicle the size in the photograph there is a surprisingly huge (not your average everyday) workforce market that it could REALLY do well in.

    For now, let’s focus an #1; Keeping quarterly revenue in a profit,.. #2; Getting the Model 3 (the version originally $35k promised) to production,.. and #3 (afterwards) FOCUS on the Model Y. …. Just keep your priorities proper, and maybe we will get to see this pick up sooner than later.

    • Matt

      How did said commentators not realise the scale of the Tesla pick-up when they literally have illustrated an F-150 in the bed?

      • Mike anonymous

        I ‘LITERALLY’ don’t know, but I was baffled to see that they didn’t realize it.

      • donald seymour

        I believe that we thought the it was a perspective thing. You know, fading into the site lines.

        • Mike anonymous

          But no that is the actual size of the truck in the photograph. It is actually based off of a slightly modified version of the Tesla Semi truck (which is how they can fit the F-150 into it’s bed). More comparable to the size of a tow-truck or larger, something along the lines of (one of the truck in the image below).

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18fc659b3536197359ee5a07ae981f2f0ced1477b47e00d17f7c954c2490a0f7.png

          (Apologies regarding the first comment/reply to you, I was very tired when I wrote the first reply. I had noticed I read your comment completely wrong, and my reply didn’t make much sense either). Anyways hope this helps.

  • Paul

    It looks about like some kid’s dream on paper.

  • Craig

    It’s a cool looking truck. But wouldn’t it need wipers on the side windows as well as the windshield?

    • Bash

      Good point.

  • charlotteharry57

    Back to smokin the weed. Again.

  • Bash

    So, the F150 is a backup truck, right?

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    • charlotteharry57

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    • Mike anonymous

      So.. you make $52k per month. That’s over $624k per year! Wow, ok … So, tell me this “Vicki N. Kinner”. Why is it that you drive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 140 hp and 147 pound-feet of torque, 27 mpg, 2007 – 2012, NISSAN SENTRA ???

      How did I know it was a Nissan Sentra,. Well it is that unmistakable C-Pillar of course. It’s simple You see, you can not get past us here “Vicki”… Because We may have different opinions,. We may not always agree with each other,.. But one thing that I know for sure IS,… WE KNOW CARS.

      • benT

        “,… WE KNOW CARS……”……but not GIF files and related compression of digital imagery.

        • Mike anonymous

          Plus if “WE” know cars wouldn’t you have also known the car? (I’m not sure how long ago her comment was deleted, but) Back before her comment was deleted it was clearly visible in her profile photograph.

          • benT

            Did not see original comment nor photo, therefore.
            My comment was on the use of GIF animations made from originally JPG/MP4/AVI.
            I would rather no tsee the grainy finish of an animated GIF as used all over this site as the GIF animation compressor was designed for use on 256 colour drawn originals, JPG quality video.
            But your comment does point to the original comments (deleted) being somewhat out of kilter with ‘smart’.

  • Craig

    YOU obviously approved of my message. Which means you read it. So why is the SPAM still there?! If you’re not going to remove spam when pointed out – I’ll just ignore it next time.

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