Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company wants to produce an electric pickup truck. The new comes as it often does with Tesla, by way of his personal Twitter account.
The CEO responded to an inquiry via Twitter earlier today by stating that he is “dying to build” a pickup truck with the Tesla badge on it. In fact, Musk went so far as to say that the design and engineering for a Tesla pickup truck has been “in mind” for about five years now. In a follow-up reply tweet, Musk also confirmed the Tesla truck would be similar in size to other half-ton pickups on the market.
It’s difficult to be detailed in a tweet, but Musk also confirmed that his intention is to launch a Tesla pickup truck sometime after the Model Y SUV launches. Currently the Model Y is expected to go into production sometime in late 2019 or early 2020. The Model Y will be the company’s small SUV offering; effectively an SUV version of the Model 3 sedan.
Back in April the CEO told reporters Tesla could reveal a new pickup truck in 18 to 24 months. Of course, as noted with the Model 3 and Tesla Semi, a reveal does not mean production is soon to follow. If his April comments hold true, we could see at least the design of the Tesla pickup truck as early as late 2018.
Tesla has routinely expressed a desire to enter the pickup truck segment since about 2013. In Musk’s most recent master plan he outlined that the company wishes to have a vehicle in every market segment, specifically pickup trucks.
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017