After years of Elon Musk talking about Tesla bringing an all-electric pickup truck to market, we have learned more about the upcoming vehicle in the last 24 hours than ever before.
Here’s everything we now know about the Tesla Pickup Truck.
As we reported yesterday, Musk sought suggestions for features to add to the truck under development.
He kept taking suggestions all night and he even confirmed some of the expected specs.
Here’s a comprehensive list of the information we gathered from his Tweetstorm on the subject:
- It’s going to be a big truck.
- Musk said that it will feature a step that will lower to step into the truck and he said that Andre the Giant will be able to fit in the driver’s seat.
- The Tesla Truck is going to be a 6-seater.
- It’s going to have an option for 400 to 500 miles of range “maybe higher”
- Musk previously said that platforms like the Model S and Model X would probably be capped at 125 kWh of energy capacity, but he said that the truck platform will offer an opportunity for a much bigger battery pack.
- Dual Motor All-wheel-drive powertrain with dynamic suspension will be standard on the truck.
- The truck will have a 240-volt connection for heavy-duty tools and even an air compressor to run air tools.
- the second part was a suggestion that Musk liked since the truck will already have a pneumatic system for the air suspension.
- ‘300,000 lbs of towing capacity’.
- That’s another tweet where you have to ask yourself ‘is he kidding?’, but he is most often not. Though I’d bet the actual rated capacity is going to be much lower and like the Model X, owners will be able to push the truck further.
- It will be able to float.
- Musk referenced how the Model S is able to, but that’s up to a certain degree and it’s obviously not recommended.
- The Tesla Truck will have lockers.
- Musk said that ‘it will look like a truck’.
- I take this as he is not planning an overly different design because it’s electric. He mentioned that he likes the design of the old Bronco.
As we previously discussed, the Tesla Pickup Truck is still a few years away so things could change.
I wouldn’t take all this like it is set in stone, but it’s still the best information we have about the upcoming vehicle, which I think is going to be one of the most important vehicles for the US market and US auto industry in a long time.
The two best-selling passenger vehicles in the US are currently pickup trucks and they are big profit centers for US automakers.
An all-electric pickup truck would shake-up the market and likely force US automakers to accelerate their electrification plans.
Maybe I’m a bit too optimistic about this, but I think it’s going to be an exciting time.