The Tesla pickup truck is the upcoming electric pickup truck that Elon Musk has been promising since he joined the company.
The vehicle is scheduled for release in late 2019, and is expected to have a 500-mile range and towing capacity of five tonnes.
Tesla Pickup Truck: Background
Tesla CEO Elon Musk first mentioned that his company was working on a pickup truck back in October 2015, and it was included as part of the company’s second ‘Master Plan’ in 2016. Mr Musk says it is the vehicle he is most excited about and that we must throw all visions of the conventional pickup truck out of the window.
“Its heart-stopping, like a really futuristic-like cyberpunk ‘Blade Runner’ pickup truck. I actually don’t know if a lot of people will buy this pickup truck or not, but I don’t care,” explained Musk.
Tesla Pickup Truck: What We Know
Very little, other than it’s a pure electric pickup truck. On Twitter, Musk has stated the pickup will have a range of between 400 and 500 miles, all-wheel drive, up to six seats and a towing capacity of over five tonnes.
In March 2019, a covered pickup was spotted on the back on a car transporter carrying Tesla cars, although many sceptics dismissed this as the vehicle featured exhaust pipes and had a strong resemblance to the Ford F-150 by Roush.
Musk has promised the truck won’t look like any current-generation pickup, being closer to a futuristic armoured personnel carrier than a working vehicle. The only hint to its design so far has been the image above, tweeted by Musk himself.
Tesla Pickup Truck: Price and Availability
Prices of Teslas are expected to rise 3% in 2019, as Tesla plans to reopen a number of stores that it had previously closed.
“A few stores in high visibility locations that were closed due to low throughput will be reopened, but with a smaller Tesla crew,” confirmed the company in a release. “In addition, there are another 20% of locations that are under review and depending on their effectiveness over the next few months, some will be closed and some will remain open.”
This takes the total number of dealerships up to 22 in the UK, although this is expected to reduce as the company switches to online-only sales in the long-term.