Elon Musk Re-Confirms Electric Truck is in Tesla’s Future

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 6

Hidden at the End of This Tweet is That Mention of an Electric Truck Once Again

Hidden at the End of This Tweet is That Mention of an Electric Truck Once Again

For Tesla’s Elon Musk, the mention of a future electric truck wasn’t a once-and-done.  If it were a slip-up, Musk wouldn’t have mentioned it again, but he did.

Texas Flag

Texas Flag

Remember back when Tesla was battling it out in Texas to overturn the state’s archaic dealership franchise laws?  Back then, Musk threw out what we thought to be an off-the-cuff comment about Tesla building a manufacturing facility in Texas and even hinted that if Tesla won its battle in Texas, an electric truck could be built there in the future.

Here are those words from Musk:

I have this idea for a really advanced electric truck that has the  performance of a sports car but actually more towing power and more carrying capacity than a gasoline or diesel truck of comparable size.  That  could be really cool, and I think that would probably make sense to do that at a  new plant.”

Tesla Model X Next...Then Mass Market Third Gen...Then It's Truck Time

Tesla Model X Next…Then Mass Market Third Gen…Then It’s Truck Time

Well, if Musk and Tesla weren’t intent on this electric truck thing, then the corporate powers that be at Tesla Motors would likely of told Musk to let it die off, but that’s not happening.

On May 7, in response to an interview with Bloomberg on those autopiloted Teslas, Musk tweeted:

“Tesla priority is electrification of cars, so priority is Model S, Model X, then mass market third gen vehicle & truck.”

So, it seems this electric truck is coming, but don’t expect to see it soon.  Even that “mass market third gen vehicle” is 4 to 5 years off.  The truck?  Maybe by 2020, if we had to guess.

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6 responses to "Elon Musk Re-Confirms Electric Truck is in Tesla’s Future"

  1. Robster says:

    I’m anxiously waiting for the gen III Tesla.
    1. It’s affordable
    2. It will fit in a European parking space (what you call mini, we call fullsize:-))

    And WOW if by that time they can fit 85kw in a smaller and lighter car!!

  2. Schmeltz says:

    An Electric truck would be awesome. If they can survive the next few years, and get that Blue Star car done with little or no problems, then the possibility of an Electric truck doesn’t sound so far fetched. Gotta hand it to him…Musk has guts.

    So would they call the Electric Truck the Model `T’ then? Oh wait…

  3. Acevolt says:

    To build a new factory in Texas seems like a huge waste of money and added complexity since they have the massive Fremont factory that has plenty of space for a truck and third gen vehicle. Unless there is an idle factory that will be given away.

    1. Josh says:

      Toyota does build their US trucks in Texas, not sure if they are up for giving Tesla more factories though.

      The only reason to build the truck in a new factory would be if Musk thinks they will have maxed out NUMMI by then. If he is going to do that, Texas makes sense. Lower cost of labor, large truck market, and business friendly laws, as Musk knows from SpaceX.

  4. GSP says:

    “Business friendly laws?”

    Texas needs to work on that, starting with allowing Tesla to do business in their state.

    GSP

  5. VFX says:

    First mention of a truck came form Franz, Tesla’s designer July of last year. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/07/16/tesla-pickup-truck-could-be-a-sweet-ride-for-electric-cowboys/