An all electric pickup truck would not be as far fetched as it seemed a few years back. The interesting part is that even the man itself, Elon Musk, said this in a tweet a few months back. Since then he actually deleted his tweet but he did suggest that a Tesla pickup could be next. Most trucks are usually bought by individuals who need them for work or by companies. This means that they need them to be cheap to run, reliable and have a high level of utility. Well, a 2018 Tesla Pickup Truck would provide just that and more.
2018 Tesla Pickup Truck – When it would be released?
Even though the truck is just a rumor, it seems that the 2018 Tesla Pickup Truck would be the concept while the production model would come closer to 2020. Tesla doesn’t really have a chassis suitable for a truck but they do have a skate-like chassis under all of their models. This would easily be able to handle a truck’s body. However, some inside sources suggested that the truck would benefit from a battery larger than 200 kWh. It would allow the truck to run more than 600 miles on a single charge when empty and more than 100 miles while fully loaded and towing a trailer. This is pretty much the norm and with Tesla’s fast charging, it wouldn’t be left behind by its gas or diesel powered competitors.
The utility, where is it?
There have been many people saying that the 2018 Tesla Pickup Truck will never be released because it will lack utility. However, things are a bit more interesting than that. For starters, an all electric truck would be able to provide 12V, 24V, 110V and 230V outlets with ease, especially since it will have a massive battery pack on-board. Also, being a Tesla means that there will be no front engine. This will free up space under the hood for tools, charging spots for wireless tools and even a waterproof cabinet for sensitive electronics. The bed could have a really flat floor and it could easily integrate additional plugs. The end result would basically be a truck able to power any electric tool from the factory. This alone would make it one of the favorites.
Another strong point for the truck would be the running costs. Tesla would be able to set up SuperCharger stations for companies which would decrease fueling costs significantly. Even if the 2018 Tesla Pickup Truck would cost more than $70,000, they would easily regain the money by not having to pay for the expensive fuel.
The looks of 2018 Tesla Pickup Truck?
Having a skate-like chassis means that Tesla doesn’t have to settle for a single body. Thanks to this type of chassis they could offer anything from a single-cab with a long bed all the way up to an SUV-like truck with plenty of space inside the cabin. The design traits will likely be taken from their other models but the pickup will have a much more aggressive look in order to compete with all those rivals out there.
Tesla Pickup Truck – What will power it?
Like we said above, the truck will benefit from a massive battery pack to allow it to drive for as long as a normal truck. We are more than certain that it will boast all wheel drive thanks to two electric motors. These should easily outmatch any of its direct competitors. Some inside sources suggested at 500 horsepower and well over 1,000 lb-ft of torque. In fact, the Tesla Pickup Truck might have what it takes to become the most capable truck on the US market when it will launch. It is also expected to become the turning point for the segment which was also the case with the Model S.