Tesla boss says electric pick-up will be the next car developed after forthcoming Model Y crossover
James Attwood, digital editor
27 December 2017

Tesla boss Elon Musk has reiterated the company’s plans to develop an electric pick-up truck, and has hinted that it will include a “gamechanging” feature.

Musk made the promise during an exchange with his Twitter followers, after asking them how the company could further improve its products. One user asked for an electric pickup, prompting Musk to reply: “I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y.”

The Model Y is a compact crossover based on the Model 3, and is set to go on sale in 2019 or 2020. The firm has already released images hinting at its design.

After the launch of the Model Y, Tesla had already announced plans for the pick-up, an electric cargo van and a minibus – all likely based on the platform of the Model X SUV. Tesla is also developing a new Roadster and a Semi truck.

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Developing the pick-up first makes sense, given the popularity of the vehicles in America. Ford sold 807,379 F-series trucks in the first 11 months of 2017, making it the best-selling vehicle in the USA, ahead of the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram Pickup trucks.

When asked about the Tesla pick-up’s size, Musk responded that it would be similar to the class-leading F-150. But then added: “Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really game-changing (I think) feature I’d like to add.” He did not offer any more specifics on the feature.

During his Twitter session, Musk also said that the infotainment browser in Tesla cars would be upgraded in 2018, admitting the current version was “terrible”. He added that the firm is aiming to put a major focus on sustainable energy production, but that Tesla’s “primary” focus would be on production of the Model 3 – the firm has fallen substantially behind in planned deliveries of the model in recent months.

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28 December 2017

Haha. That seems to be one of Tesla's biggest problems, building vehicles. Also, assuming it happens, will it be a similar size to the F150 or slightly larger? He says both.

28 December 2017
Byzantine wrote:

Haha. That seems to be one of Tesla's biggest problems, building vehicles. Also, assuming it happens, will it be a similar size to the F150 or slightly larger? He says both.

Nope he said  “Maybe slightly bigger" the reporter para-phased it in the question to it being 'similar'. Besides it can size can be measured in 3 directions so...... Either way why pick up on such a minor issue?  

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

28 December 2017

The whoe touchscreen interface on Teslas is bit on the "terrible" side, lets hope they give it a full overhaul. They should add AndroidAuto & AppleCarPlay support too, like almost eveyone else has nowadays.

XXXX just went POP.

28 December 2017

Really not sure what this game changing feature could be, but if it's a range of more than 200 miles in normal driving conditions, other manufacturers already have this covered, and have done for some time.  The emperors new clothes.

Really smacks of desperation to keep up interest when a manufacturer is playing the 'wait and see' game.

28 December 2017

Looking forward to a vehicle with 4 wheel drive with the capability of selecting between different torque ratios for snow, sand, rock and on road conditions with the ability to run onboard diagnostics to report back for part replacements as required to TESLA. I want a vehicle that can digitally drive TESLA design and quality process using ERP, IoT and Industry 4.0.  

28 December 2017

pick-up will have 'game-changing' new feature: build quality.

30 April 2018
Tesla can do a lot of things with it, and I hope that they are able to learn something from resume writing services because they need to know what they are doing wrong.

20 May 2018
Musk has definitely changed the future of electric cars and he has my respect for doing that. As you may know, my work for the essays for sale site requires me to know about every news happening and this is the best news. I love it!

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