By on December 27, 2017

tesla factory fremont, Image: Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors or, more accurately, company CEO Elon Musk has hinted at the prospect of an electric pickup for quite some time. But neither the automaker nor the CEO ever issued any kind of concrete guarantee on it, even after other manufacturers had already beaten it to the punch.

However, Musk is now officially promising the pickup will be made immediately after the Model Y crossover arrives sometime between 2019 and 2020. Of course, he also promised that Model 3 deliveries would hit its stride before the end of this year. So let’s consider this more of an assurance that Tesla will produce the electric truck and not so much an indication of when you might see one on public roads. 

“I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it,” Musk said in a Twitter post from Tuesday.

When questioned as to the vehicle’s scale, Musk claimed it would be similar in size to the Ford F-150 or possible a tad bigger “to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d like to add.” However, he didn’t elaborate on what that feature might be.

Tesla first announced plans for an electrified pickup truck last July — part of its “Master Plan” to develop a commercial truck, a bus, and the Model Y compact SUV. At the time, Musk said he wanted to see a working prototype of the pickup showcased within 18 to 24 months.

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30 Comments on “Tesla CEO Issues Pickup Promise, Hints at Full-sized Model...”


  • avatar
    RHD

    So now we have Models S, 3, X and Y.
    What will be the 5th model designation?

    (Model M, followed by a revamped Model 3?)

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Between this and “Boring Company” Elon is clearly more fun then your average CEO. Can’t wait to see if Falcon Heavy can land all 3 sections. He may be spreading himself thin doing too many projects but you can’t blame him for not trying what others have only dreamed of.

      • 0 avatar
        Middle-Aged Miata Man

        SpaceX deserves a lot of credit for its successes; that said, I strongly suspect Falcon Heavy will experience an Earth-shattering RUD at or before max Q.

        • 0 avatar
          volvo driver

          I think pretty much everyone expects the first FH to fail including Elon. It took spacex almost a dozen flights before they perfected the F9 vertical landing.

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          “SpaceX deserves a lot of credit for its successes; that said, I strongly suspect Falcon Heavy will experience an Earth-shattering RUD at or before max Q.”

          Maybe. Maybe not. They’ve already proven that the two side-boosters can fly and RTB (return to base… meaning safely land after flight) while the center booster is apparently a brand-new one carrying the payload higher before it, too, separates and attempts a landing. Keep in mind that the Arianne rockets from France have been flying in this configuration for a few years now; I doubt SpaceX will experience any unexpected Max-Q issues.

          • 0 avatar
            Middle-Aged Miata Man

            I’ve followed SpaceX since its first (failed) Falcon 1 launch from Omelek. It’s been great fun (and more than a little surprising) to watch it develop into a viable space launch company, but I’m not optimistic about Falcon Heavy’s chances after Musk admitted a few months ago that it’s basically a lame duck product. He’d rather have SpaceX focus on the BFR to take him to Mars… possibly to escape the wrath of disgruntled Model 3 depositors?

  • avatar
    donnyindelaware

    All these promises and no vehicles reminds me of the dumb ass running FCA.

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      Well all these new projects seem to keep the media from fretting about the Fremont plant. So I assume we’ll next see promises of Tesla airplanes, railroad engines, motorcycles, bass boats, and snowmobiles.

      • 0 avatar
        CaddyDaddy

        At least a Carnival Barker is selling a real ride. This is a Gas Bag Alert. As Tesla fails to deliver the results of a real auto company, the more Elon needs to sling out to distract from reality. The only true winners are the stock brokers and a few investment bankers who got in very early on the scheme.

        Also, Fremont is no place to have a cost effective Auto Plant.

        • 0 avatar
          SatelliteView

          You forgot the fact that Tesla’s Model S outsold S-class, 7-series and A8 combined. Every year. I know you’re going to say that it’s easy to do, and that every year newly created nameplates do that, but still…

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          Of course, GM and Toyota, who originally built the plant, proved that, right?

          Hey, when you’re strapped for budget, is it not logical to buy something pre-built and modify it for the need rather than building from scratch? It worked to produce the original Roadster and Model S, after all, even if their numbers weren’t up to GM/Toyota’s maximums. As it is, you don’t yet know what modifications were made inside, beyond what we’ve seen on television and some few blog posts.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Naa…FCA will get a truck to market and I’d rather own a Giulia than a Tesla

      • 0 avatar
        volvo driver

        Said no one, ever.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Well I said it. So long as it is the half a Ferrari V6 motor. The Tesla is quieter and faster in a straight line but the Alfa’s noise is glorious and it handles. If I want to just go fast in a straight line I can pull a 70s Nova out of someone’s back yard and go really fast 1/4 mile at a time for way under 6 figures.

          • 0 avatar
            Middle-Aged Miata Man

            It would be seriously fun to see a Model S pitted against a Giulia Quadrifoglio in a long term reliability test. Which one would spend more time out of service?

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            I would happily take either one as a tester and post my impressions here (and on my personal blog.) Personally, I don’t believe either one is as bad as most here want to believe.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    Elon Musk is a genius the way P.T. Barnum was a genius.

    • 0 avatar
      Penvon

      Exactly.

    • 0 avatar
      SatelliteView

      Especially his SpaceX hoax. There are close to a hundred successful private space companies that fly many more rockets to the orbit, yet this P.T Barnum reincarnation gets all the attention. I bet his battery making plant in Nevada does not even exist, aside from the fake pictures. And seriously, has anyone ever seen a Model S or X in person?

      Sarcasm aside, these “non-believers” remind me of crazy coastal liberals and “mainstream” media that keep insisting that “Worse-Than-Hitler” is Putin’s puppet, no matter what he does. Clearly only a Nazi would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

      • 0 avatar
        CarnotCycle

        I wouldn’t call SpaceX a hoax. They took excellent technology (and probably a few old engineers) of DC-X and commercialized it onto conventional rocket booster, and they made it work. They also are running gas-generator motors at over three hundred seconds at sea-level – nine at a time on a single bus – and not losing any launch vehicles due to motor failures. F9H will run twenty-seven motors at liftoff; a scale of booster not seen since the Evil Empire’s Energiya stack. All in all pretty amazing stuff.

        • 0 avatar
          Middle-Aged Miata Man

          And earlier this year, Musk admitted he wants to scrap the whole thing (Falcon 9 and Heavy, Dragon and Dragon2) and devote SpaceX’s resources to the BFR that will take him to Mars.

          Sadly, Musk is moving SpaceX further towards the Tesla model, in which What We Have Now will never be as important to him as What We Want Later. This doesn’t make me optimistic for Falcon Heavy’s chances for success, and that’s sad because – unlike Tesla – SpaceX appeared well on the way towards becoming a viable and profitable enterprise.

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged Miata Man

    That nice, Elon. Get the motherf***ing Model 3 out first.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    This is what makes an (initial) successful company-going off in several different directions-(yea-right!)

    Of course-if he can get deposits for all these imaginary products-it will keep the company from going under.

    Que SCE.

  • avatar
    I_like_stuff

    Pickup? LOL

    The entire customer base of Tesla is rich coastal liberals who need to virtue signal to each other how much they love Mother Gaia. These people would rather walk over broken glass to their destination than be seen in – never mind actually drive – a pickup.

    Pickups are for deplorables in sister-humping flyover states, not beautiful people in Los Gatos, Santa Monica or Marin County.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    1968 – Richard Nixon campaigns on a secret plan to end the Vietnam war.
    1992 – Bernie Madoff markets a secret investment method that guarantees 20+% annual returns.
    2017 – Elon Musk promises a new electric pickup with a secret feature that will be available in only 2 years – right after the semi, roadsters, and crossover.

    Which secret is most plausible?

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Looking forward to seeing it but was really hoping for something smaller.

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