Elon Musk: Tesla Is Planning to Make an Electric Pickup Truck Similar to Ford's F150

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Coming in about 5 years

Elon Musk has talked about making an electric pickup truck a few times in the past, and it's clear why he thinks the idea makes sense: Electric motors provide oodles of torque from very low RPM, a perfect characteristic for trucks, and the fuel bill savings of going electric would be higher with a big gas guzzler than with pretty much any other kind of vehicle. On top of that, pickup trucks are very popular in the US, so electrifying that market (literally and figuratively) has the potential to make a bigger difference than electrifying ever smaller vehicles.

There are not tons of new details, but Musk confirmed that Tesla is still planning the electric truck and revealed that it would likely be similar to Ford's best-selling F150. Business Insider reports:

Musk's comments about the truck came after he was asked whether Tesla would ever make a fleet truck for the likes of FedEx or UPS. He said that, yes, Tesla was planning to make a truck, but not a commercial one, because the market opportunity for commercial trucks is much smaller. Musk said the Tesla truck would be modeled on Ford's F-Series in part because of that truck's remarkable popularity.
Musk said Tesla might make the truck in 5 years. (source)

By then, batteries should be more energy-dense and cheaper to make, allowing the kind of big battery pack that would give a an electric pickup truck enough juice to do some serious work at a relatively competitive price with the not-inexpensive big gas and diesel pickup trucks on the market now.

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That's something to remember in general: Better batteries will make their way in all Tesla models over time, so in 5 years, the Model S (maybe version 2.0?) will either get a longer driving range, or a price cut, thanks to better & cheaper batteries.

Via Business Insider