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Tesla Working on a Pickup Truck?

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On: Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 10:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla Working on a Pickup Truck?

We've heard that Tesla has a number of cars in the pipeline, including the Model X crossover, a sub-Model S sedan and a new roadster. This is by far the strangest item on the docket, however: Tesla said this week that it's planning a pickup truck. 

Tesla has branded itself as the high-end electric luxury/sports car boutique, so a pickup truck fits in about as well as it does at BMW or Lotus - that is to say, not at all. But Musk said that the company does indeed have a pickup truck planned and it could launch within five years.

"Musk's comments about the truck came after he was asked whether Tesla would ever make a fleet truck for the likes of FedEx or UPS. He said that, yes, Tesla was planning to make a truck, but not a commercial one, because the market opportunity for commercial trucks is much smaller. Musk said the Tesla truck would be modeled on Ford's F-Series in part because of that truck's remarkable popularity," Business Insider says of the admission, which came during a question-answer session at its IGNITION event.

It's not clear if Tesla is thinking about designing a pickup truck of its own or using actual Ford architecture the way it used Lotus architecture for the Roadster. With 5+ years to go, it could probably go either way.

Musk didn't share any other details about the truck, but it would presumably be based on current or future battery-electric technology, using Tesla's potent powertrain for grit and hauling rather than speed and quickness.

With the alleged truck being half a decade out, there's more than enough time for it to get canceled or disappear without another word spoken. We won't get too excited, but thinking about Tesla expanding into unexpected markets is certainly interesting.


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