Musk gives 'promise' that Tesla will make pickup truck after Model Y
Musk: Tesla pickup could have “gamechanging” feature.
Tesla Inc. will build a pickup truck soon after producing electric crossover vehicle Model Y, CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday.
“I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it,” Musk wrote in a Twitter post.
When asked if the truck would be in the same size class as the Ford F-150, Musk responded:
“Similar total size. Maybe slightly bigger to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature I’d like to add.”
The Model Y, to be built on the same platform as the Model 3 sedan, was tentatively scheduled to begin production in mid-2019, Reuters reported in June.
The electric vehicle maker first announced plans for a pickup truck last July, alongside a “master plan” to develop a commercial truck, a public transport bus and a compact SUV.
Musk had said in April that the pickup truck would be unveiled within 18 to 24 months.
Automotive News contributed to this report.