Tesla Model P Electric Pickup Truck Rendered

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 47

Tesla Model P Rendering

Tesla Model P Rendering

Tesla Motors has never definitively committed itself to producing an electric truck, but CEO Elon Musk has mentioned a pickup as a possibility on several occasions and that’s why these renders appear here.

Courtesy of EV.network (via Tesla Motors Club Forum), these renders show an electric truck that clearly resembles the Tesla Model X. The render below adds some truck-ish elements (like a roof rack) to make the vehicle appear more hardcore.

Quoting Musk who spoke of a truck back in 2013:

“I am quite keen on building a truck and I think there’s a lot one can do with truck technology.”

“One of the things that I think should be present in trucks is something like an air suspension that dynamically adjusts the load and sorta keeps the angle of the truck correct and the ride height even and adjust the dampening in real-time.”

“I think it’s possible to produce a really well handling truck that feels good at any load point. That would be really great.”

Tesla Model P Rendering Take 2

Tesla Model P Rendering Take 2

Source: Tesla Motors Club Forum via EV.network

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47 responses to "Tesla Model P Electric Pickup Truck Rendered"

  1. Jay says:

    A truck with a frunk is appealing. Under-bed storage and bed sidewall storage can be very compromising, as is filling the cab with loose bags.

    1. jerryd says:

      As is an EV pickup which is really needed.
      But I’d rather see one on the T-3 chassis extended along with a van.

  2. If Tesla wants to play in the F150 world, instead of the Ranger field, I would think an extra motor could be useful to help get it up and over 10,000 pounds towing capacity.

    Also, they might need some plan to add drive through Superchargers, and at least have 120 to 140 kwh available at full charge.

    1. RexxSee says:

      Four motors, like the Rimac

      1. evcarnut says:

        I got a feeling That These 2 Underdogs Musk & Rimac Might get Together on some Interesting Projects to come ?? These Guys are the 2 Smartest out there Because ,,They Think 0utside the Box! N0 same old Same 0ld Crap, from the Big players

  3. Zukidrvr says:

    I’ve never understood why no one is pursuing the most popular vehicle type in the world to produce an electric version, pronto. That large flat bed is perfect for hiding a large flat battery pack under it.

    1. sven says:

      But you can’t hide the weight of that large battery pack. A large battery would decrease the maximum payload weight that could be carried in the bed of the pickup. It’s a conundrum, but I hope EV engineers will find a workable solution.

      1. jerryd says:

        Sven, that isn’t true. While US pickups are huge, heavy, they certainly don’t have to be that way.
        Full size 8′ bed Mini pickups of the 70’s didn’t even weigh 2klbs and did their jobs very well, taking the same loads as much larger US pickups.
        And they got 35-50mpg.
        A modern version with the T3 chassis stretched ElCamino or aero cab style could be made with 200 mile range under 3k lbs in metal and under 2k lbs in composites.
        The Bolt could be done the same way.
        With less material, etc of the T3, it would be lighter, cheaper to build, sell.
        And I think along with a van, a killer app that would sell big time.

    2. Frédérick St-Laurent says:

      > “most popular vehicle type in the world”

      Are you talking pickup trucks? I honestly doubt it is the most popular in the World. Maybe United States, but world?

      1. Rich says:

        It wouldn’t be in the USA, I believe trucks are a smaller segment than sedans and SUVs. I guess if trucks were lumped in with CUVs and SUVs this would be an accurate statement.

    3. Will says:

      Only an American would call pickups the most popular vehicle type. That’s ridiculous. Your country does not equal the world.

      1. Battery Bro says:

        After living in China for several years I’m pretty sure I saw more Ferraris and Lamborghinis than pick-up trucks.

    4. Koenigsegg says:

      trucks suck

    5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      The answer is pretty simple. To haul heavy loads and/or tow a heavy trailer, an EV pickup would need a huge battery pack to be able to go an appreciable distance before needing recharging. In addition, a pickup has lousy aerodynamics, also impacting range. Large battery packs are expensive; huge ones even more so.

      Tesla has been able to compete in the “premium”, or luxury, sedan market. The 85 kWh battery pack was sufficient for that. Battery prices will have to come down somewhat more before a pickup with a huge battery pack — perhaps something in the range of 150-200 kWh* — will be able to compete with existing high-end pickups.

      *Someday, of course, calling a mere 150 kWh battery pack “huge” is going to look rather naive. But probably not in within the next 10 years or so.

  4. Brian F. says:

    No. Just no.

    1. Bob Nickson says:

      +1 hell no.

      1. RexxSee says:

        + NO

        Ugly and not convenient for the job.

  5. John says:

    Since the S-10 and Ranger are no more, something like this would definitely appeal to fleets that use small trucks for local routes.

    I just had to have a sprinkler repaired, and the guy was driving a V6 F-150 with not much in the bed. They used to drive 4 cylinder rangers. Their fuel costs have almost doubled…and so has the cost of the truck.

  6. Will says:

    The rendition looks so bad. I mean, it’s a pickup. You don’t apply luxury sedan styling to a pickup. That’s like trying to dress The Rock in a suit and bow tie. Pickups are meant to look mean and functional, not namby-pamby.

    1. sven says:

      Actually, he quite debonair.

      1. sven says:

        he looks quite

        1. Foo says:

          Quite, if I say so myself.

    2. My thoughts exactly.

  7. RexxSee says:

    I find these rendering useless as they never resemble the final product.

    1. Hari says:

      true.. and this particular one, is a photoshop job by someone who is just trying out photoshop for the first time and may not be what I would call artistic.

  8. kdawg says:

    Slightly reminds me of a Chevy SSR

  9. Nix says:

    Tesla Model El (Camino)

    1. Anon says:

      Ouch…

  10. James says:

    Yikes. That’s dreadful.

  11. Dave S. says:

    I hate the silly renderings. Unless tesla released the image it’s fan fiction nothing more.

  12. Loboc says:

    This is not a pickup truck. Shoot for an F-150 killer not a Honda Ridgeline killer.

    – 4 doors. Six people.
    – 6’5″ bed minimum. (8′ with the tailgate down)
    – Class III towing minimum.
    – Decent truck tires. Low profiles will be destroyed easily.
    – Adjustable ride height with 9″ minimum clearance.
    – Battery protection.
    – Water protection for launching a boat.
    – Cool bed storage. RamBox was a good idea, just too expensive.
    – Cool bed liner and lid options.
    – The reason a truck bed is separate from the cab is noise and load. If a load shifts forward during a stop, ya don’t want it denting or intruding the cab.

    And last but not least: Enough headroom to wear a Stetson. Not a Hoss Cartwright 10-gallon, just a regular Sunday style.

    1. Daniel says:

      And let me guess you want it to sell for less than the price of a current F-150? Might be able to be done but you’re going to have about a $150,000 pickup truck there.

  13. Loboc says:

    And what’s up with those dinky mirrors?

  14. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “Model P …because T was already taken”

    LOL!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    This is one artist’s render that I won’t complain about InsideEVs posted repeatedly. Sure, it’s just what one PhotoShop user somewhere imagines it might look like, but at least — unlike some Model ≡ drawings or renders previously posted in InsidEVs articles — it does not make me wish for a spoon with which to gouge out my eyes! 😀

  15. Brad says:

    Why is a photoshop job being listed on a site that is used for news? Can’t there be a sub page for people who figured out how to use Adobe?

    1. Aaron says:

      (albeit poorly — the truck looks like it’s leaning to the right)

  16. super390 says:

    Holden builds a Commodore pickup (basically an Australian El Camino) that I’ve seen credited with a cD of 0.309. That can be improved any number of ways. The problem is that these unit-bodied sedan platforms are considered unsuitable for “real” trucks and that’s what Americans want even if they don’t do real truck things with them. The height of the Commodore is a dead giveaway.

    The fact that private owners crave the aura of toughness of actual professional trucks, all the way up to tractor-trailers, indicates that when it becomes normal for the latter to be hybrids (due to the utility of the electrical system), that will come to be viewed as rugged and manly, and buyer resistance will evaporate. However, it’s not likely that professional trucks will ever be unit-bodied or particularly aerodynamic, so Tesla doesn’t have much of an opportunity here with its unit-bodied architecture.

  17. sven says:

    This rendering looks more like a lifestyle pickup truck ala Honda Ridgeline, rather than a work truck. Also, suicide doors on pickup trucks have mostly been replaced by extended cabs with full doors.

    Off topic, there is a funny video over at http://www.electrek.co where BMW’s CEO bonks his head on the falcon-wing door while getting out of a Model X. It looks like his colleague touched and kept his hand on the bottom edge of the falcon-wing door as it was opening, which caused it to stop opening midway. Hilarity ensues! 😀

    http://electrek.co/2016/03/07/bmw-ceo-tesla-interview-model-x-hit-head/

  18. Speculawyer says:

    I guess that works.

    The aerodynamics will be terrible but I guess that is standard for pick-ups.

  19. Speculawyer says:

    I think PHEV is the way to go for trucks. Put in a nice sized battery and you’ll get 60 to 90% of the miles on electricity. But to be really practical, handle long distance driving, handle remote locations, and not cost a fortune . . . PHEV is the way to go for trucks.

    For now. If battery prices drop real low then things change.

    1. TomArt says:

      Exactly – and it’s not just price drop, but energy density drop – right now, a practical towing range could not be accommodated with less than 120kWh to 150kWh, which is very heavy and thus cuts into the amount that you can haul/tow.

      For electric pickups, the name of the game is energy density.

  20. Daniel says:

    Via Motors is already doing a pick up based on the current Silverado too bad GM doesn’t get behind it and try to do something with it you should check it out the stats are pretty impressive but it’s not an expensive

    1. jerryd says:

      Daniel, the Silverado is not suitable to make into an EV pickup.
      You need something much smaller, lighter, more aero and still carry a 8′ sheet of plywood.
      Same with vans, just too heavy using GM’s.
      They need to switch to composites to lower start up costs and lowering weight, more aero to lower battery, other costs.
      But what they are doing now isn’t a good business model.

    2. Empire State says:

      The Via Motors products seem like a great bridge product for consumers to get into an EV acceptance frame of mind. I think small business is missing out on the value of those products. I also think that by chasing the commuting / urban sedan instead of the commercial vehicle, EV manufacturers are missing the bread for the jam. Government should spend less money on individual incentives to spread the use of EVs, put more in their fleets, thereby saving lifecycle operational costs and doing more work to spread EV exposure and acceptance.

  21. Ron says:

    According to Via Motors, its EREV Silverado-based pickup trucks (and vans too) have EPA and CARB approval, and are being marketed to fleet (commercial) buyers. I suppose we’ll hear soon whether they’re well-received by that market.

  22. Hykyrjoe says:

    would NOT buy any pickup truck , EV or not… drove one for work for 25 years… never gonna drive another pick-up truck ever again.. reminds me way too much of work.. serious flashbacks… and now I am off to see my therapist after looking at that thing…. whatever it is….

  23. Dale says:

    I wonder what the truck will cost?