Tesla pick-up to be unveiled in three months – Musk

Tesla pick-up to be unveiled in three months – Musk

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has taken to his favourite medium, Twitter, to reveal that the brand’s all-electric pick-up truck will be making its global reveal in two to three months’ time. “We’re close, but the magic is in the final details. Maybe 2 to 3 months,” Musk said in response to a query.

For those who are excited, the South African billionaire previously said that prices for the pick-up will begin at under US$50,000 (RM208k), and it will outperform the industry’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F series.

“It’s going to look pretty sci-fi. That means it’s not going to be for everyone. It’s going to be on a truck that’s more capable than other trucks. The goal is to be a better truck than an F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality, and be a better sports car than a standard [Porsche] 911,” he recently said in a podcast.

A rendering of the Tesla pick-up truck by Theophilus Chin

To back that claim, Musk again revealed on Twitter that the pick-up truck will get a dual-motor all-wheel drive system as standard, including a suspension that adjusts dynamically for load and “crazy torque.” The pick-up will also feature power outlets for heavy-duty, 240-volt power tools, and boasts a driving range of up to 805 km or more.

Musk took another wild swing by announcing that the pick-up would have a 300,000-pound (136,078 kg) towing capacity, although how Tesla plans to achieve that is anyone’s guess at the moment. Figures aside, it seems like the Tesla pick-up is happening for real. Musk once said he was “dying to build it [the pick-up]” and has had the core design and engineering elements in his mind for almost five years. Anyone keen?

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Matthew H Tong

An ardent believer that fun cars need not be fast and fast cars may not always be fun. Matt advocates the purity and simplicity of manually swapping cogs while coping in silence of its impending doom. Matt's not hot. Never hot.




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