A full-size pickup truck will be the next new vehicle built by electric car and power company Tesla Inc., CEO Elon Musk said.
Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla is currently working on a crossover SUV called the Model Y, and once it’s released, the company will turn its attention to pickup truck production.
When asked if the pickup would be comparable in size to Ford’s F-150 line of trucks, Musk said it would have a “similar total size,” adding that the Tesla truck may be slightly bigger.
I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017
Tesla is in the midst of increasing production of its mass-market Model 3 car.
A Tesla pickup would not be the company’s first foray into trucks, as its new Semi truck was unveiled at a press event in November where the company said production would begin in 2019 on the all-electric rig powered by four independent motors that will go 0-60 mph in 20 seconds while pulling an 80,000-pound trailer.
Not to be outdone by its impressive Semi performance numbers, Tesla also announced its new Roadster model is in the production pipeline. Tesla officials say the Roadster will feature a 250-mph top speed, a 1.9-second 0-60 time, a 620-mile battery range, and the ability to run the quarter-mile in 8.8 seconds.