Tesla Could Reveal Pickup Truck Prototype Next Year

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk really wants to launch a pickup truck. In fact, he is so keen to enter the pickup market that’s he’s considering fast-tracking the launch of the Tesla pickup.

Responding to a question on Twitter about when the pickup will be available to order, Musk said that Tesla could unveil a pickup prototype next year.

In recent years, Tesla has enjoyed unveiling prototypes of its new models a couple of years before they hit the market. In 2016 and 2017, it did exactly this with the entry-level Model 3, the Tesla Semi, and the all-new Tesla Roadster. Following a similar timeline to these three, the production-spec Tesla Pickup could be expected to launch in 2020 before full-scale production commences in 2021.

Musk has been very open about his excitement for the Tesla Pickup in recent months. In early November, Musk told Recode that he is so excited about the vehicle that he’s not even bothered if it fails to sell well.

“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.

“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 said.

Musk added that the pickup will be “heart-stopping,” is “gonna be amazing,” and “gonna be awesome.”

Unlike the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3, the Tesla Pickup won’t be launched without any direct competitors on the market. Instead, the Rivian R1T should land in showrooms before the Tesla. However, Tesla has more experience with the mass production of vehicles and also has a huge customer base that will help it make up for lost time in the all-electric pickup market.

  • Mr. EP9

    It’s not going to look anything like that render. That I’m certain of.

    • Mike anonymous

      The render that is being shown, is quite literally the (smaller variant of the) Semi-truck, but with a bed. If this is what they are referring to, then it may not be a ‘truck’ for the typical buyer, but more so for the ‘heavy-duty’ user.

      Either way, they still have to get the $35K Model 3, as well as develop a road-legal production version of the Roadster (Concept/Prototype) they showed off/promised. (Then we apparently also have the Model Y coming). I Say; Let’s just take things one step at a time.

      • benT

        So far, with all of the bleating to the contrary, Tesla is the only manufacturer of anything ::

        with a full order book (everything sold from first production run) – and fully paid for – of hyper sports cars,
        with full order book for 2 more years of the current Model 3, deposited and waiting patiently as there is the Model 3 and NOTHING else on the horizon other than updates to the Tesla range,
        outselling Mercedes S Class in Germany with the Model S,
        outselling BMW 7-Series in Germany with the Model S,
        with any credibility in actually producing high volumes of electric vehicles (well beyond 159,000 sold so far in 2018),
        selling electric technology world wide,
        selling technology to convert sunshine to electricity in any volume at all,
        selling electricity storage capacities as required to government, business and home consumers,
        selling electricity storage capacity backup systems to state and national governments.
        trucks sold first 1000 or more and paid for in advance,
        investment ongoing in building car factories and huge scale battery production factories,
        monster investment in primary ore production necessary for electricity storage systems,
        a CEO who smoked a joint on radio live to air

        SO
        I say there is a quite NO worries about the extension of the model range at all.
        The anxiety is that that (future buyers) can’t wait.

        • Mike anonymous

          I want to correct you on the electric statement. It should say ‘Battery Electric’ technology as batteries are what Tesla specializes in, not simply electricity. (They used to actually supply Mercedes with the Battery technology and were a vendor for companies that were developing battery powered EV’s (as there are other kinds of electric technologies out there, none of which Tesla are using currently)). So I just want to put that out there going forward. Tesla’s focus profit-wise is developing and making high output batteries (the company itself has simply built a few products that can use this technology such as the Powerwall, Models (S, X, & 3), and other electricity storage powered devices. (Hence the entire reason for the Gigafactory).

          So your NOT wrong, you ARE right (but I just wanted to give you a heads up for future posts).

          On another note, while Tesla has a number of compliments for their company under their name, they also have a lot of issues (quality control, etc). So I will stick with my statement, one thing at a time. They have the ability to do it, but I would say just to be cautious, and not too cocky (… not you of course, I am referring to Tesla).

    • Jay

      I think it has a big possibility of looking that way but it will be scaled down. I doubt it would be able to carry an F-150 in its bed.

    • Nick

      For sure. These damn sites keep throwing this illustration around as if it was confirmed to look like that. Elon ironically posted this and it was meant to be a joke but these sites ran with it.

  • Paul

    I’m not holding my breath that they can pull this off.

    • benT

      Please do !

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