Tesla’s current vehicle roadmap is fairly clear for the next few years. After unveiling the Model 3 later this month and launching it in 2017, Tesla is expected to launch a small crossover on the same platform called “Model Y”, then a next generation Roadster is expected to follow.
After the Roadster, things are not as clear, but a Tesla pickup truck is in the plans according to CEO Elon Musk.
Above you can see sketches of an older design exercise by YasiDESIGN at Carwow, but today we look (below) at an updated version of a Tesla pickup truck based on the Model X design.
The Model X is undeniably a good start to try to imagine a Tesla truck considering it has a 120.5″ wheelbase, which is almost as big as a Ford F150 with a regular cab and 5.5′ box (122.4″ wheelbase).
The X is also already rated for a decent towing capacity of 5,000 lb on 20″ wheels.
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During a Tesla owners event in 2013, Musk discussed his idea for a Tesla truck:
“I am quite keen on building a truck and I think there’s a lot one can do with truck technology.
One of the things that I think should be present in trucks is something like an air suspension that dynamically adjusts the load and sorta keeps the angle of the truck correct and the ride height even and adjust the dampening in real-time. Because the challenge you have with any vehicle where there’s a big potential difference between the minimum and maximum load is that the suspension is always wrong and usually wrong by a lot.
I was driving an F-250 down the 405 one day and honestly that thing… it was resonating on 405 on the little ridges. I thought my teeth were going to rattle out of my head. If you put load on it it’s fine, but if you’re empty it’s not. It would be good to do that and obviously to make it light and really handle well. That’s where having a battery pack low can improve the center of gravity. I think it’s possible to produce a really well handling truck that feels good at any load point. That would be really great.”
Here’s the video:
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