Published on November 13th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro7
Tesla Truck Design Aiming For The Ford F-150
Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious, and he has raised eyebrows with the mention of an electric Tesla truck before. But now Musk has made it official, stating that a Tesla truck is in the pipeline, and that such a vehicle would be modeled after the most popular vehicle in America, the Ford F-150. The Blue Oval better watch out.
Musk responded to a question as to whether or not Tesla planned to produce a commercial truck or van, and while Tesla doesn’t plan to enter the commercial market, and Tesla pickup is definitely in the early stages of development. Musk says that a Tesla truck could hit the market in as little as five years, and it will take after the Ford F-150.
So what does that mean? It likely means a truck with multiple cab and bed configurations, designed to be both rugged and reliable with ample ground clearance and I would imagine at least 250 miles of range. While Musk isn’t setting out to build a commercial vehicle, he probably will, as such a vehicle (if priced accordingly) could fill a wide variety of delivery and work roles, especially if it has access to a Supercharger system. Elon, in a failed bid to open the Texas market to Tesla vehicles, mentioned that a Tesla pickup factory might be located in the Lone Star State.
With pickup trucks absolutely dominating the American new vehicle market, Elon is attempting to cut himself off a slice of that very lucrative pie. But other automakers, like Toyota and Nissan, have tried and failed to crack into the market in any meaningful way. Is Musk being a bit too ambitious, or is an electric Tesla pickup ready to disrupt America’s truck market next? Also, what the hell would it look like?
Source: Business Insider