Elon Musk has made some rather interesting comments about the new and upcoming Tesla Pickup Truck and one of them was hinting at a super affordable price tag, aiming to keep them under $50,000.
He previously sought suggestions regarding features and in the process revealed some foreseen plans like 400 to 500 miles of range, dual motor all-wheel-drive powertrain with dynamic suspension, as well as ‘300,000 lbs of towing capacity’.
While appearing on Ride the Lighting, a podcast, Musk commented about the new electric pickup truck, confirming that Tesla is aiming to keep the price under $50,000.
“We don’t want it to be really expensive. I think it got to start at less than $50,000 – it’s got to be like $49,000 starting price max. Ideally less. It just can’t be unaffordable. It’s got to be something that’s affordable. There will be versions of the truck that will be more expensive, but you’ve got to be able to get a really great truck for $49,000 or less.”
Based on prior made comments, it really does sound like the Tesla designed pickup truck is going to be something truly special.
“It’s got to have incredible functionally from a load carrying standpoint, look amazing – but it won’t look like a normal truck. It’s going to look pretty sci-fi. That means that it’s not going to be for everyone- like if somebody just wants to have a truck that looks like trucks have looked like for the last 20 to 40 years, it’s probably isn’t for them.”
He also confirmed that the cryptic teaser image released earlier this year is in fact the front of the pickup truck, with people trying their utmost to figure out what it was, many with rather interesting theories I must add.
Elon added that the truck is going to be “Blade Runner-like”, but it’s rather hard to decipher what that means.
He also said that he is anticipating people thinking that it’s not very “truck-like”, comparing it to the disruptive design transitioning between horse and carriage and today’s automobile.
As for the capabilities of the Tesla pickup truck, the CEO is aiming for high standards:
“It’s going to be a truck that is more capable than other trucks. The goal is to be a better truck than a [Ford] F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality and be a better sports car than a standard [Porsche] 911. That’s the aspiration.”
Ford has recently confirmed an electric F150 pickup truck in the pipework and have gone as far as to invest in the electric truck startup Rivian, partnering with them to produce and manufacture another electric vehicle.
The Tesla pickup truck is due to release this summer – I’m ready, are you?
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