Elon Musk discussed several aspects of the upcoming Tesla Pickup Truck during the recently-held 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting. During the event, Musk talked about the vehicle’s release date, its design, its towing capacity, and its performance, which the CEO noted would be comparable or even better than a base Porsche 911.
Musk noted that the pickup truck would likely see an unveiling near the end of summer 2019, which is in line with his previous forecasts for the vehicle. The CEO also stated that the Tesla Truck is one of the coolest vehicles he has ever seen, pointing out that it won’t be a conventional-looking pickup that just happens to be electric. “We know what that looks like,” Musk noted, seemingly referencing the Rivian R1T, which features a conventional pickup truck design in an all-electric package.
The Tesla Truck remains to be dubbed by Elon Musk as a “cyberpunk” vehicle, which all but confirms that it will be loaded to the teeth with tech. This means that the pickup will feature some trademark Tesla performance as well, which Musk confirmed in the event. Referring to the vehicle’s driving capabilities, the CEO stated that Tesla is designing the pickup truck in such a way that its performance will be better than a base Porsche 911.
The Porsche 911 is an iconic vehicle, and using it as a benchmark for the driving performance of the Tesla Truck is a bold move by the electric car maker. The 911, after all, is famed for its capability to be driven spiritedly on long, twisting roads. The legendary German sports car is also known for its quick acceleration, with more conservative variants like the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera (M/T) still being capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds.
While Elon Musk has all but confirmed that the Tesla Truck would be an incredibly quick vehicle, the CEO also pointed out that the upcoming pickup would be capable of towing heavy loads. Responding to an investor who inquired if the Tesla Truck will be capable of towing a trailer loaded with horses, Musk noted that “If the (Ford) F-150 can tow it, the Tesla truck can do it.”
There is no denying that Tesla’s pickup truck would likely be a showstopper when it gets unveiled later this year. It should also be noted that Elon Musk, as optimistic as he is, is known to be conservative with the specs of Tesla’s vehicles. Musk might have a strong tendency to overestimate his target timetables, but he is never one to exaggerate his vehicles’ capabilities. With this in mind, the Tesla community could be assured that the pickup truck will indeed live up to its name as a “cyberpunk” vehicle that will not look out of place in the Blade Runner franchise.
For all its tech and capabilities, the Tesla Pickup Truck will start at $49,000, according to Elon Musk in an appearance at owner-enthusiast Ryan McCaffrey’s Ride the Lightning podcast. During the podcast, Musk mentioned that the base pickup would have a starting price of $49,000 at most, though Tesla is working on offering the vehicle at an even lower cost. “You should be able to buy a really great truck for $49k or less,” Musk said.