As Tesla continues to face the challenges of fulfilling the orders for the Model 3 and has found a way to make the Model X a success we see this company continuing to show off new ideas and new models that will eventually show up on the market in some form. Recently, the new Roadster has made its debut as a concept and the new Semi-truck is being tested and built to be ready to hit the road. The next item on the plate for Elon Musk and his team is the Model Y, which will be a compact crossover SUV that will share the platform with the Model 3.
There seems to be some calling for an electric pickup truck to be part of the future as well, and Tesla has this model in the plans but it won’t make its way to the design and concept teams until the Model Y has been shown off. Even though there was a rendering shown at the debut event of the Tesla Semi, with a pickup that looked like it was large enough to fit a Ford F-150 in the bed, we will have to wait a bit longer for the Tesla Pickup to arrive.
Where does this put Tesla right now?
With the new version of the Roadster, the success of the Model S, and the improvements of the Model X, the Tesla brand has three models that are already proven to perform. New improvements that are being made to the Roadster will still have to be proven, but if it really can reach sixty mph in 1.9 seconds, the team will have achieved something amazing. Once the production troubles of the Model 3 have been worked out, we should see the new Model Y at an event that may be similar to what we had with the Model 3 at some point in 2019.
Elon Musk has admitted in a recent Tweet that he has had the core design and engineering of the new pickup truck in his mind for nearly five years and that he wants to build this truck and put it on the market. What this truck could and will be for the market and whether it can be built to be affordable enough to displace some of the other trucks already on the market will be something we will have to see, but an EV pickup truck is certainly an interesting idea.
Will Tesla be fast enough to the market with a pickup truck? This could be a question that faces this team more than any other. Some other automakers are already working with the development of hybrid powertrains for pickup trucks while also using lighter materials. We would expect a Tesla pickup to be one that’s powered entirely by electricity, but that doesn’t mean it will be the choice that many will make to displace the truck they currently have unless it can get the job done. Only time will tell us whether or not Tesla will get this item to market, but as you can see, Tesla certainly isn’t slowing down and we shouldn’t expect them to as long as Elon Musk is at the helm.