Transfer over, Ford and Chevy: Tesla is planning to make a pickup truck.
On Twitter Tuesday, the electrical automobile maker’s CEO Elon Musk stated he is keen to construct one.
“I promise that we’ll make a pickup truck proper after Mannequin Y,” Musk wrote. The Mannequin Y is an all-electric crossover anticipated to enter manufacturing in 2018.
On the subject of a pickup, Musk wrote that he is “had the core design/engineering parts” in thoughts “for nearly 5 years.”
“Am dying to construct it,” he added.
Earlier that day, Musk had requested his followers how Tesla can enhance, prompting one person to recommend the corporate make a pickup. The CEO added that the Tesla pickup can be “related” in dimension to the Ford F150.
“Possibly barely larger to account for a very gamechanging (I feel) function I might like so as to add,” Musk teased.
In the meantime, Tesla not too long ago branched out from sedans and SUVs with an all-electric semi truck that guarantees to ship a 500-mile vary on a single cost whereas carrying 80,000 kilos of cargo loaded within the again. Whereas carrying all that weight, the Semi can attain speeds of 65mph up a 5 % grade climb (diesel vehicles solely handle 45mph) and out-accelerate a diesel truck whatever the weight being carried, in response to Tesla. It additionally boasts security options like computerized emergency braking, adaptive cruise management, automated lane steerage, and a forward-collision warning system.
Tesla expects to kick off manufacturing of the semi in 2019, and UPS can be among the many first firms to place it to work.