Tesla might unveil their upcoming electric pickup truck sometime in 2019, according to Elon Musk.
We’re not sure what Musk is thinking, but he’s got to be feeling at least a little pressure to show something after Rivian unveiled the world’s first electric pickup truck, the R1T. Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the R1T boasted 750 hp thanks to four electric motors (one in each wheel) and a battery pack capable of reaching up to 400 miles in range.
It’s also described as being fully off-road capable, although that’ll have to wait for a demonstration before we take Rivian at their word. Electric vehicles are awfully heavy, which means any electric off-road pickup will need some pretty hefty suspension components.
The R1T isn’t slated to arrive until 2020, which means Tesla still has some time to beat the R1T to market. But we still haven’t even seen a prototype, which means Tesla has to be feeling the proverbial pinch.
Which sort of explains Musk’s comments on Twitter last Tuesday.
"I’m dying to make a pickup truck so bad,” the billionaire investor and entrepreneur said. “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
That’s a pretty big might by the sound of it, but then again, this is the same guy who sent a Tesla Roadster into space.
We know very little about what Tesla has in store for a pickup truck. According to Electrek, it’ll be a big 6-seater full-size pickup with 400-500 mile range. It’ll also feature aesthetics that resemble a "really futuristic-like, cyberpunk Blade Runner pickup truck."