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Elon Musk reveals Tesla is planning to make an electric pickup truck 'slightly bigger' than a Ford F-150 and hints it will be inspired by the upcoming Model Y SUV

  • Musk says the company will make the pickup truck after its next model SUV
  • He commented after asking his Twitter followers on how to improve the firm
  • Musk hinted that the pickup truck could be based on the upcoming Model Y
  • Tesla also has an electric semi truck planned for production in 2019

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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk[2] says the car company will make an electric pickup truck after the release of its next model.

Musk made the comments on Twitter[3] after asking his followers for suggestions on how the company could improve.

He said the pickup would probably be slightly bigger than a Ford F-150 and hinted it could be based on the upcoming Model Y.

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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says the car company will make an electric pickup truck after the release of its next model. He said the pickup would probably be slightly bigger than a Ford F-150 (pictured) and hinted it could be based on the upcoming Model Y

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says the car company will make an electric pickup truck after the release of its next model.

He said the pickup would probably be slightly bigger than a Ford F-150 (pictured) and hinted it could be based on the upcoming Model Y

TESLA SEMI TRUCK

This is not the first expansion of the Tesla range beyond cars, with an electric semi truck planned for production in 2019.

Tesla began accepting preorders for its electric truck in November and revealed it will cost buyers at least £150,000 (GBP120,000).

For those who want their truck in a hurry, a special ‘founders series’ is being made, with £200,000 (GBP150,000) required up front to get one of the first 1,000 made.

Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0 to 60 mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck.

It does 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load.

Tesla has mainly focused on producing passenger cars over the past decade but has branched out in recent years, including investing in battery production.

Musk has previously hinted that a pickup model was due.

In a message on Twitter, he said: ‘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.’

The Model Y is an electric SUV that’s due for release in about two years.

Responding to a question about the pickup truck’s size ‘Will it be F-150 class or larger?’, Musk added: ‘Similar total size.’

‘Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d like to add.’

This is not the first expansion of the Tesla range beyond cars, with an electric semi truck planned for production in 2019.

Tesla began accepting preorders for its electric truck in November and revealed it will cost buyers at least £150,000 (GBP120,000).

For those who want their truck in a hurry, a special ‘founders series’ is being made, with £200,000 (GBP150,000) required up front to get one of the first 1,000 made.

Musk unveiled the big rig, dubbed the Tesla Semi, by riding the truck into an airport hangar near Los Angeles in front of an invited crowd of what Tesla said were potential truck buyers and Tesla car owners.

‘Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic,’ Tesla said.

Musk made the comments on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions on how the company could improve

Musk made the comments on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions on how the company could improve

In a message on the social media site, Musk said: 'I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y.' The Model Y is an electric SUV that's due for release in about two years

In a message on the social media site, Musk said: ‘I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y.’ The Model Y is an electric SUV that’s due for release in about two years

Responding to a question about the pickup truck's size 'Will it be F-150 class or larger?', Musk replied that it would be a 'Similar total size'

Responding to a question about the pickup truck’s size ‘Will it be F-150 class or larger?’, Musk replied that it would be a ‘Similar total size’

‘Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0 to 60 mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck.

‘It does 0 to 60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute.

‘Most notably for truck drivers and other travelers on the road, it climbs five per cent grades at a steady 65 mph, whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 45 mph on a five per cent grade.’

Musk has described electric trucks as Tesla’s next effort to move the economy away from fossil fuels through projects including electric cars, solar roofs and power storage.

However, some analysts fear the truck will be an expensive distraction for Tesla, which is burning cash, has never posted an annual profit, and is in self-described ‘manufacturing hell’ starting up production of the £35,000 Model 3 sedan.

This is not the first expansion of the Tesla range beyond cars, with an electric semi truck planned for production in 2019.

This is not the first expansion of the Tesla range beyond cars, with an electric semi truck planned for production in 2019.

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Elon Musk’s surprise SpaceX rocket launch causes multi-car pile-up and at least 130 calls to 911 because people thought it was ‘nuclear alien UFO from North Korea’[4]

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Elon Musk (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Twitter (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Elon Musk’s surprise SpaceX rocket launch causes multi-car pile-up and at least 130 calls to 911 because people thought it was ‘nuclear alien UFO from North Korea’ (www.dailymail.co.uk)



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