Tesla Pickup unveiling nears as final truck details take shape

An artist's render of the Tesla Pickup Truck. (Credit: Emre Husman)

Details about Tesla’s upcoming pickup truck are relatively few and far between, so even small updates are welcome among the all-electric car maker’s community of enthusiasts. That said, CEO Elon Musk recently revealed the final details of the truck are underway and its unveiling should be in two to three months.

“We’re close, but the magic is in the final details. Maybe 2 to 3 months,” Musk teased on Twitter in reference to the Tesla Truck’s reveal timeline.

The last major update from Musk about the cyberpunk-styled truck was given during the recently-held 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting. During the event, the vehicle’s design, towing capacity, and performance were briefly discussed, Musk specifically noting that the truck’s stats would be comparable or even better than a base Porsche 911. He further estimated its unveiling date to be near the end of summer 2019 which is in line with his most recent comments on the timeline.

An artist’s render of the Tesla Pickup Truck. (Credit: Emre Husman)

To be comparable to a Porsche 911 in terms of speed, the Tesla Truck should have a 0-60 mph time of about 4 seconds. Perhaps a closer rival, though, would be the Rivian R1T pickup truck which is expected to boast a 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds. In terms of towing capacity, however, Musk chose the #1 selling truck in the world for comparison – the Ford F-series. “If the (Ford) F-150 can tow it, the Tesla truck can do it,” he boasted during the Annual Shareholder Meeting.

With such impressive claims in mind, it’s no wonder that the website AutoWise recently found the Tesla Truck to be the most talked about truck on Twitter, beating out the F-150. After an analysis of 100,000 geotagged tweets, AutoWise determined that Tesla had captured the majority of social media conversations on the platform, particularly in the northern half of the US and the two coasts. Notably, the F-150 still remains popular in the south, which may prove challenging for Musk’s unique approach to the Tesla Truck’s design. The CEO has admitted on several occasions that its Blade Runner-inspired form might not appeal to a wide audience, the traditional truck crowd in particular.

Of all the aspects of Tesla’s upcoming truck that has received attention, the starting price has received a lion’s share: $49,000. The amount was revealed during Musk’s recent appearance at Tesla owner-enthusiast Ryan McCaffrey‘s Ride the Lightning podcast, among other details. Incredibly enough, Musk also pointed out that Tesla is looking to offer the vehicle at “well under” $50,000. “You should be able to buy a really great truck for $49k or less,” he said. Rivian’s all-electric R1T pickup truck is said to start at $69,000, but the company’s vehicle design is much more traditional overall, which may be a competitive feature despite the price hike over Tesla’s truck.

One Tesla enthusiast have decided not to wait for the pickup’s unveiling or availability in order to own it and opted to build one using a Model 3 as the base. YouTuber and robot-enthusiast Simone Giertz constructed her very own “Truckla” with some assistance from a few knowledgeable individuals including Tesla rebel mechanic Rich Benoit of the Rich Rebuilds channel. The final design resembled a coupe utility vehicle in the spirit of classic muscle cars such as the Chevrolet El Camino.

Despite only having an abstract glimpse of the front of the Tesla Truck from a photo revealed at the Model Y unveiling (and later via Elon Musk’s Twitter account because no one noticed it at the event), the excitement is clearly quite strong for the vehicle. The timeline appears to be holding steady, so hopefully Tesla and Musk won’t keep the crowd waiting much longer.

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