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Tesla Pickup Truck/Cargo Van

Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:44 am

Since Elon Musk has officially announced the intention to build a pickup truck in Tesla's new master plan, I guess a thread on this future vehicle is warranted:
Elong Musk wrote:With the Model 3, a future compact SUV and a new kind of pickup truck, we plan to address most of the consumer market.
Bolding mine.

The pickup truck market is one that has been ignored by BEV manufacturers so far. But there certainly is a high-end in the pickup truck market where Tesla can establish a beachhead for further growth and development.

I suppose Ford will block Tesla from using the name "Model T" just like they blocked them from using the name "Model E."

Not much is known about the development of a Tesla pickup truck, but there is a lot of speculation at this time. For starters, here is a decent landing page for the Tesla pickup at Electrek.
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Re: Tesla Pickup Truck/Cargo Van

Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:24 am

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Re: Tesla Pickup Truck/Cargo Van

Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:50 am

Read a story just yesterday about ICE sedans going for a song because American buyers prefer trucks, SUVs, and minivans. Getting into these segments only makes sense.
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Re: Tesla Pickup Truck/Cargo Van

Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:51 pm

There has been a (aftermarket) plug-in hybrid version of GM's Sierra (IIRC) available for years, and it isn't exactly a big hit.
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Re: Tesla Pickup Truck/Cargo Van

Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:43 am

LeftieBiker wrote:There has been a (aftermarket) plug-in hybrid version of GM's Sierra (IIRC) available for years, and it isn't exactly a big hit.
Because it costs twice as much and only results in a 2 mpg improvement. You're still burning a lot of gas. It's not worth it.

A $60,000 all-electric pickup with supercharging will sell like crazy.
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Re: Tesla Pickup Truck/Cargo Van

Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:51 am

garsh wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:There has been a (aftermarket) plug-in hybrid version of GM's Sierra (IIRC) available for years, and it isn't exactly a big hit.
Because it costs twice as much and only results in a 2 mpg improvement. You're still burning a lot of gas. It's not worth it.

A $60,000 all-electric pickup with supercharging will sell like crazy.

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To compare a BEV pickup/cargo van to that joke Sierra is well, a joke. I also wouldn't compare it to the misguided BEV Ford Transit Connect, extremely limited production, quite expensive and very limited range, nothing like something Tesla would make(well except for possibly the price but time will tell). It's one thing I don't understand about BEVs here, Americans don't want cars, a far less number of cars are sold in N. America vs trucks/SUVs or vans. If mfgs. want BEVs to take off in N. America offer them in vehicles that we actually want, not small cars which may sell well in Asia or other countries but not so much here. Heck even in Europe where gas is $5+/gallon the Mitsubishi Outlander with it's smallish battery is the number 1 selling PHEV, even with it's shortfalls.
In the US other than the larger Tesla mfgs. seem intent on pushing the distance thing above all other things, look at the design of the then new Prius :roll: sacrificing space and usability over everything else, as one reporter said, something to the effect of trying to get every drop of power out of a gallon of gas at the expense of almost everything else. The majority of people don't care! they just want a vehicle that meets their perceived needs and is comfortable for their ever increasing size, and in that respect I predict if Tesla offered such a vehicle it would be a hit(unless the price was near the Model X, maybe between the new model 3 and model S).
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