Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk wrote a tweet indicating that the automaker may unveil a prototype of a pickup truck next year. This was in response to a question about when Tesla is going to start selling pickup trucks.
“I’m dying to make a pickup truck so bad,” wrote Musk in the tweet. “We might have a prototype to unveil next year.”
I’m dying to make a pickup truck so bad … we might have a prototype to unveil next year
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2018
By offering a pickup truck, it could open up a whole new market of potential buyers for Tesla. However, it seems likely that this would happen sometime in 2020 if just a prototype is revealed next year. And full-scale production would likely begin in 2021.
However, Tesla could potentially start taking pre-orders for a pickup truck as early as next year depending on the demand.
When Tesla releases a pickup truck, it would compete directly against the Rivian R1T, which is expected to arrive in 2020.
In the past, Musk indicated that a Tesla pickup truck would have six years with an option of 400 to 500 miles of range. And it might be even higher.
Last month, Musk said that the company is accelerating its plans for an electric pickup, which would take priority of the Tesla semi-truck and next-generation Roadster vehicle, according to Electrek.
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