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Elon Musk Says Tesla Pickup Will Arrive Within Two Years


In a recent Tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that a Tesla electric pickup truck will be introduced within the next two years.

Musk, an active Twitter poster with more than 8 million followers, had used the social media platform to announce that a Tesla electric semi-truck will be unveiled this September. Then, in a subsequent exchange of Tweets with a fan, the CEO was asked when the much-rumored Tesla pickup would be arriving, and he replied, "Pickup truck unveil in 18 to 24 months."

Musk also used Twitter to confirm that the introduction of the 2018 Tesla Model 3 will take place this July. The Model 3, a lower-priced alternative to the Model S sport sedan and the Model X SUV,  will initially be available in small numbers this summer before a wider release next year. The base Model 3 is projected to have a range of about 215 miles and a base price of less than $40,000.

As previously reported by Edmunds, the production of a pickup truck and a semi were both part of the highly touted Tesla Master Plan, which laid out the company's intentions to "cover the major forms of terrestrial transport" with electric vehicles, most of them with self-driving capability.

Not many details about the Tesla pickup are known at this point, but in the past Musk has expressed a desire to compete with the best-selling light trucks on the market. That refers to models such as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500, and that hints at a full-size pickup. Musk has also said on Twitter that Tesla plans to build a cargo van and that it "makes sense" to build it on the pickup truck chassis — another possible allusion to a full-size model.

Entering the large pickup market would present a major challenge for the electric vehicle manufacturer. Although certainly not everyone who drives a truck uses it for hauling and towing purposes, large numbers of full-size pickups are sold to fleet operators, small businesses, farmers and outdoor enthusiasts who tow trailers or go off-roading. We've done some towing with the Model X and the results were not promising. The question is: Are there enough suburbanites and others who drive pickups just because they like them to support Tesla's vision?

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