According to the words of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this company is seriously planning to launch an electric pickup truck in the near future. It seems that the Tesla pickup truck is very likely to arrive by the year 2020. The upcoming electric truck is due to take on the likes of the Ford F-150 which is currently the best-selling vehicle on the North American market. Although the concept itself may come as a bit of a surprise to traditional pickup truck customers, it actually comes as the next logical step in the expansion of the electric segment. As part of the latest trend, Tesla has recently unveiled its first SUV model, namely the Tesla Model X.
Tesla Pickup Truck Features
Since the whole idea of the Tesla pickup truck is still in the early stages of development, we can only speculate about its features. If we assume that Tesla intends to compete with the traditional light-duty pickups offered by Ford, Ram and GM, we can still picture what the upcoming electric truck might look like. In order to appeal to traditional truck buyers, the Tesla pickup is likely to feature a more conventional styling compared to the rest of the brand’s lineup. It is also expected to be offered in extended and four-door cab configurations, with the cargo bed size of 5.5 feet and optional 7 feet. When it comes to the power output, it will have to churn out around 400 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. While the towing capacity should be rated around 10,000 pounds, the hauling capacity is expected to reach 3,000 pounds. Of course, the Tesla pickup truck will be offered with 4×4 capability, with the driving range of at least 150 miles when fully loaded.
Tesla Electric Pickup Truck
For the future Tesla pickup truck to match the performance of a V8 engine wouldn’t be as difficult as it might seem. What is more, the current Model S can already achieve those figures with its capable electric motor. The trouble starts when it comes to the towing and hauling capacities. Namely, to be able to tow up to 7,000 pounds, this drivetrain would need much more power than it currently has. Also, the fully-loaded truck couldn’t achieve the needed driving range. In other words, Tesla would have to solve this problem somehow in order to offer a pickup truck capable of competing with its mighty rivals.
Tesla Pickup Truck Price
Another great obstacle that might come in the way of the Tesla pickup truck is the pricing policy. In order to offer a competitive base price, the future pickup will have to start between $30,000 and $40,000. Of course, buyers should be willing to pay additional $10,000 for a fuel-saving vehicle. Anyway, it remains to be seen whether these speculations hold any truth but we’ll have to be patient for a few more years.