Tesla helped make electric vehicles popular and now aims to conquer one of the most popular segments in America with its forthcoming electrified pickup truck. While specific details are obviously hard to nail down with the notoriously secretive company, its eccentric CEO, Elon Musk, has proclaimed that the Tesla pickup truck will cost less than $50,000 and will surpass the capabilities of the Ford F-150. However, there is no timeline for this truck and Tesla hasn’t even shown a concept yet.
The only true unknown is its appearance
Ever since Musk showcased an obscure teaser of the pickup truck during the launch of the Tesla Model Y early this year, Tesla fans and analysts never really had any solid image of how the pickup would turn out. What we got instead are exciting statements from Musk, particularly during a podcast wherein he described the truck to be “cyberpunk” and won’t feel out of place in a Blade Runner movie.
The statement has inspired concept designers to come up with their own take of the cyberpunk truck. We first saw the concept design of Turkish designer Emere Husmen, for example, who started a number of futuristic design renders that are truly impressive. It gave us a truck that’s so out-of-this-world that you truly feel that Tesla is bringing something very unique to the market.
This first attempt at rendering the inside of the Tesla Truck
This Tesla truck topic is perhaps the most controversial. The only mention of pricing was made by Elon Musk and it’s so low it’s somewhat unbelievable.
Powertrain, Charging, and Performance
We can only speculate about the Tesla pickup truck’s powertrain, which will have to be very powerful and robust to compete with the capability of gas-powered full-size trucks. It likely will have dual electric motors to provide all-wheel drive and develop a sizable amount of torque in order to offer competitive tow ratings. By the time Tesla starts production—and with the world’s rapidly evolving charging technology—it will presumably use an advanced electrical architecture similar to the 800-volt system that will debut on the upcoming Porsche Taycan EV. This would allow the Tesla pickup truck to replenish its battery much quicker than anything in the current Tesla lineup. Musk has also boldly claimed that his company’s truck will perform better than the Porsche 911. Bold indeed.
The Tesla pickup is expected to have three kinds of trims in terms of design. The base model is expected to have a price tag of around $49,000 to $50,000. It will also be a vehicle of power as Musk already claimed that it will have a total towing capacity of 300,000 pounds.
The goal is to compete with the Ford F-150 but “with the performance from the Porsche 911. Model P ”, should have a length of about 5.5 meters and a range varying between 650 and 800 km depending on the batteries used.
As for production plans and availability? Those are both complete unknowns at this point in time. Tesla still has to get the Model Y into production, plus it’s working on both the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Semi. The Tesla truck could be fast-tracked, but there are no details available right now.
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