Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter in recent weeks to respond to inquiries from the company’s fans and followers. Based on his replies, Musk hinted on a Model Y SUV that Tesla would introduce a pickup truck to compete with Ford’s F series.
The pickup truck promise was made by Musk shortly before 2018 rolled in, at the same time that he announced a semi from his electric vehicle company. Musk had promised a pickup truck that would be in production from between October 2018 and April 2019.
Musk is known to keep his word. However, due to the unfortunate missteps in the timelines for the production of Model 3, the company could not start working on the pickup truck.
Musk didn’t give a revised date for when Tesla would officially announce a pickup, but he said that the truck would start rolling off Tesla production lines some time after the Model Y.
“I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y,” Musk tweeted. “Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.”
In response to one question about whether the Tesla pickup would be comparable to the Ford F150, Musk tweeted: “Similar total size. Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really game changing (I think) feature I’d like to add.” The specific feature still remains a secret.
Musk also tweeted, “Sustainable energy production with solar and batteries will grow much faster than auto on a percentage basis. That will be a big focus next year, with primary remaining Model 3 ramp.”
He even responded to one request for an in-car “Disco Mode,” saying the idea “sounds like good, cheesy fun :).”
Well, one thing is for sure, whenever the truck gets here, it is likely to change the landscape of the entire automobile industry.