Tesla is the fastest developing manufacturer in the World even though they only make electric vehicles. In fact not that long ago Tesla became the biggest US car manufacturer after they overtook GM. This is a very impressive feat, especially since Tesla currently makes just 3 cars. However, things are going to change in the near future. Not that long ago Elon Musk confirmed Tesla is going to release at least 3 new vehicles. One of these is going to be the highly anticipated 2020 Tesla Pickup. This would make it the first mass produced pickup in the world and so far it seems quite impressive. While the details are scarce, the pickup is expected to offer increased range over its sedan siblings, more power as well as considerably more usability than a regular truck.
The platform the new pickup is going to be built on is still unknown. While it will likely differ from that of the sedan, we still expect a skate-like chassis with the batteries mounted inside it. This would allow the truck to have a really low center of gravity which would make it drive better than pretty much any of its rivals. Because it will boast a large amount of batteries, the truck is expected to weigh north of 6,000 pounds. Even so, the Tesla will likely offer better performance than its direct competitors. The only real concern at this point is the payload which might be smaller due to the truck’s overall weight. The price will also be considerably higher than that of a competing gas truck. For starters, it seems a base model will cost anywhere from $70,000 to $90,000. Tesla said that the price is not going to be an issue, especially since the reliability and low energy usage will make their pickups among the most efficient in the world.
For starters, it seems a base model will cost anywhere from $70,000 to $90,000.
2020 Tesla Pickup Exterior
This is an unknown factor at this point. However, from all the renders we have seen so far it seems the 2020 Tesla Pickup will mostly retain the design scheme of their ongoing cars. In the front it will likely boast a grille-less design which will definitely make it stand out. However, unlike the sedan, expect the truck to boast a higher ground clearance as well as a different bumper design. One of the main selling points will likely be the front trunk. Just like with all the other Tesla cars, there is going to be a large storing space under the front hood. Here the pickup is expected to boast a set of compartments that will allow the driver to deposit and charge electric tools. Some of these might also boast water draining holes for those needing them. Thanks to these features the Tesla pickup is likely going to become a hit for independent contractors. In the bed expect it to boast a high powered electric socket, LED lights and even speakers.
Inside the cabin 2020 Tesla Pickup
Just like with their other models, the 2020 Tesla Pickup is more than likely going to feature a really minimalist interior. Unlike the more expensive Model S and X, the pickup will likely be very similar in design to the lesser Model 3. This will allow them to keep a lower price while offering a great experience. In the middle of the dashboard there is going to be a massive tablet-like screen with all the controls on it. Unlike the sedan the truck might also feature additional auxiliary buttons but that should be it.
When empty the pickup will likely be the fastest truck on the market while having a range north of 400 miles on the top end models.
The 2020 Tesla Pickup will likely be offered in rear or all wheel drive configurations. So far it seems that the least powerful version could offer north of 300 horsepower and over 450 lb-ft of torque which is considerably better than some of its gas powered rivals. A high performance dual-motor version with over 500 horsepower and possible 1,000 lb-ft of torque has been rumored.
This particular version might be able to tow north of 10,000 pounds without any issues. A base 90 kWh battery pack is expected and we wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla decides for a top end version with north of 140 kWh of storage. This should give it sufficient range when fully loaded in order to allow it to compete with its gas powered rivals. When empty the pickup will likely be the fastest truck on the market while having a range north of 400 miles on the top end models.