Tesla CEO Elon Musk casually dropped a mesmerizing announcement on Twitter over the weekend, teasing that the electric vehicle manufacturer’s “magic” pickup truck could be unveiled within the next quarter.
There’s been a deluge of hype behind Tesla’s truck after Musk previously mentioned that the vehicle would have the look of a “futuristic-like cyberpunk ‘Blade Runner’ pickup truck.”
It also helps that the release of Ford’s all-electric F-150 is nowhere in sight – and could be left sweeping up Tesla’s sloppy seconds.
Despite being electric and having a futuristic appeal, Musk reiterates that the vehicle will still resemble the look of a classic pickup truck.
Design is important because Americans love their pickups.
The Detroit Free Press revealed that in 2018, a Ford F-150 or a Super Duty was purchased every 29.3 seconds on average. In that year, nearly 1.1 million trucks were sold. These figures tell us that Tesla is looking to disrupt a sector dominated by Ford. Thus, beating the 116-year-old automaker to market will likely give Telsa a solid head start.
In addition to design, Tesla also hinted that the trucks would offer superior performance to the F-150. The all-electric vehicle is expected to have a range of up to 500 miles per charge and the capacity to tow up to 300,000 pounds. It also comes with a dual motor AWD along with a 240-volt connection for tools.
While these features are things that one can expect from a truck, Musk also teased that Tesla’s pickup will allow owners to watch Netflix and stream YouTube videos. On Twitter, the Tesla CEO quipped that the truck:
“Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio.”
This functionality gives the pop culture phrase “Netflix and chill” a whole new definition.
For now, video streaming features will be restricted to when the truck is not moving. However, this can change in the future “when full self-driving is approved by regulators.”
And here’s the kicker: The price of Tesla’s pickup truck will start at just $49,000.
This means that the electric vehicle will compete favorably against its gasoline-and-diesel-fueled rivals that sell anywhere between $40,000 and $100,000.
Last modified: June 23, 2020 2:40 PM UTC