Details on Tesla's upcoming pickup truck are relatively rare, so even small updates are welcome in the community of electric car manufacturers. Nevertheless, CEO Elon Musk has recently revealed that the final details of the truck are in progress and the revelation is due in two to three months.
Maybe 2 to 3 months, "teased Musk on Twitter regarding the release dates of the Tesla Trucks.
Musk's last major update on the cyberpunk-style truck was released during the recent Annual Report 2019 Annual General Meeting. During the event, the design, trailer capacity and performance of the vehicle were briefly discussed, with Musk noting in particular that the truck's statistics would be comparable or even better than a base Porsche 91
To be comparable to a Porsche 911 in terms of speed, the Tesla Truck should have a speed of 0 to 60 mph of approximately 4 seconds. Perhaps the Rivian R1T pick-up would be a closer rival, which is expected to have a speed of 3 seconds between 0 and 60 miles per hour. In terms of trailer weight, however, Musk chose the world's best-selling truck for comparison – the Ford F-series. "If the (Ford) F-150 can tow it, the Tesla truck can do it," he boasted at the annual general meeting.
With such impressive statements in mind, it's no wonder that the website AutoWise recently discovered that the Tesla Truck is the truck most talked about on Twitter, beating the F-150. After analyzing 100,000 geotagged tweets, AutoWise noted that Tesla had recorded the most social media conversations on the platform, especially in the northern half of the US and on the two coasts. The F-150, in particular, remains popular in the South, which could challenge Musk's unique approach to the design of the Tesla truck. The CEO has repeatedly admitted that his Blade Runner inspired form may not appeal to a broad audience, especially the traditional truck crowd.
Of all the aspects of Tesla's new truck that has attracted attention, the starting price has received a lion's share: $ 49,000. The amount was revealed among others on Musk's recent appearance on Ryan McCaffrey's Ride the Lightning podcast by Tesla owner-enthusiast. Incredibly, Musk also pointed out that Tesla wants to offer the vehicle "well below" $ 50,000. "You should be able to buy a really great truck for $ 49,000 or less," he said. The all-electric R1T pickup from Rivian is set to start at $ 69,000, but the overall vehicle design of the company is much more traditional, which could be a competitive feature despite the price increase for Tesla's trucks.
A Tesla enthusiast has decided not to wait for the unveiling or availability of the pickup to own it, and decided to build one with a Model 3 as its base. YouTuber and robot enthusiast Simone Giertz constructed their own "Truckla" with the support of a few knowledgeable people, including Tesla rebel mechanic Rich Benoit of the Rich Rebuild's channel. The final design resembled a coupé utility vehicle in the spirit of classic muscle cars like the Chevrolet El Camino.
Despite an abstract look at the front of the Tesla truck in a photo shown at the unveiling of the Model Y (and later) on Elon Musk's Twitter account because nobody noticed it at the event), the excitement for the vehicle is clearly quite big. The timeline seems to be calm, so hopefully Tesla and Musk will not keep the crowd waiting much longer.