Truck Trend Magazine Renders Tesla Truck

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 27

Tesla Truck Rendering Via Truck Trend

Tesla Truck Rendering Via Truck Trend

Tesla Truck Render Via Truck Trend

Tesla Truck Render Via Truck Trend

Truck Trend Magazine is the latest to take a stab at rendering the upcoming Tesla truck.

Truck Trend states:

“Trucks are all about work, and no matter how high-tech they are, that will be their focus, and that was also our focus in coming up with some of the features and design of our Tesla dream truck. However, just because it’s functional and practical doesn’t mean it can’t be good looking. And to that end, we’ll let the photos speak for themselves.”

We believe that Truck Trend has done some impressive work with its render, easily one of the best we’ve seen thus far.

There’s a highly detailed write-up over at Truck Trend on the various features it expects to see in the Tesla truck. You can read it in its entirety here or in our brief recap of a few key features below.

It Will Have an Epic “Frunk”

We expect the Model U to have an incredible frunk. Behind the “T,” we expect the frunk on the Model U to incorporate commodious storage in standard form. We expect it to offer multiple USB, 12V, and 120V outlets and wet/dirty storage with a drain plug. 

An Awesome Bed

Because it’s electrically powered, Tesla’s truck doesn’t have to rely on a conventional driveshaft and solid rear axle. For this application we expect in-wheel motors, which is the next logical evolution of Tesla’s technology. This would allow the bed to be far deeper than a normal truck’s, down to a height where tall or bulky items could simply be rolled into the bed.

Other Features

We envision Tesla’s truck to be the hub of the job site. To keep from depleting the battery from a full day of using air tools hooked up to the truck and the wireless tool battery chargers, the truck will have a heavy-duty power input port to hook up to jobsite power. 

expect the Model U to have a base-level battery pack with a capacity of about 120 kWh and a top-level unit of around 160 kWh. 

expect the starting price to be around $60,000 to $70,000 for a basic crew cab all-wheel-drive model. Tesla’s version of the King Ranch or Denali will likely be in the $100,000 to $150,000 range.

Loads of additional speculative details and images can be found at the source link below.

Source: Truck Trend Magazine

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27 responses to "Truck Trend Magazine Renders Tesla Truck"

  1. Walt says:

    Not so sure about the in-wheel motor concept. nightmare for suspension development

    1. jerry dycus says:

      Walt, not only unsprung weight problems but what a pickup needs most, start up torque, they are seriously lacking in.
      And the example needs better aero to be a Tesla.

      1. Kdawg says:

        Un-sprung weight for in-wheel motors has been discussed at length and is a non-issue with the correct design. There are several examples already out there.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          The way that in-wheel motors get a pounding every time a wheel bounces certainly is not a non-issue.

          And last I looked, there was only one single EV announced to be going into production with in-wheel motors. (I don’t recall what it was.) In all other cases where manufacturers used in-wheel motors in the prototypes and/or pre-production units, such as with the iMiev, the actual production model uses inboard motors.

          In-wheel motors are one of those ideas that look good on paper, but in practice they’re a terrible idea. Too little space, too great a problem with matching wheel rotation speed to the needs of torque/power curves, too much mechanical stress because they’re not cushioned by the car’s suspension system, too many problems with being subjected to mud and salt from roads.

  2. John says:

    This render still looks too much like a traditional truck.

    For better or for worse, Tesla has promised “a new kind of pickup.”

    I think we’ll all just have to wait and see what that means.

    1. speculawyer says:

      This. Tesla will not make a traditional style of pickup truck. A normal pickup is an aerodynamic brick.

      They will figure out a way of creating an aerodynamic truck that still provudes great utility. Perhaps an aerodynamic bed cover since 95% of the time there is nothing or only small things in the bed.

      1. Rob Stark says:

        Elon also promised no wierd mobiles,to take the Ford F-150 head on and to take significant full size pickup market share in North America.

        That will not happen with a car-truck Ranchero/El Camino. Ditto the in wheel motors and their unproven reliability/durability.

        New kind of pickup does not necessarily mean a new form factor that is alien to F-150/Silverado/Ram buyers.

        The bed interior/cabin/frunk can be radically different but the exterior sufficiently masculine to not put off the vast majority of truck buyers.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Nonetheless, “a new kind of pickup” doesn’t sound like something that’s going to look like an F-150. The Tesla pickup may well not look like an El Camino, but I rather suspect it won’t look like a traditional pickup either.

      2. John says:

        Falcon Wing Tonneau Cover?!

        1. ArkansasVolt says:

          please no… I do expect to see a cover for the sake of aerodynamics, though bed covers are not wanted by the majority of truck owners.

          1. Kdawg says:

            Tonneau covers (and lowering the tailgate) will actually hurt aerodyanmics. This has been shown in real-world tests.

            1. Eco says:

              A Model X front and a hard-shell canopy sloped from the back of the cab to the tailgate … much like the rake on the Model S rear window … that would improve aerodynamics dramatically.

              1. Kdawg says:

                If they design a special cover it could, but my comment was in regards to people who put bed covers on their trucks, or lower the tailgates, and think they are improving aero.

  3. Brian says:

    I’m not a truck guy, but I like it. I agree, the huge frunk would set a Tesla truck apart as a “new kind of truck”. It’s basically a truck with a fully functional bed AND an enclosed storage area the size of a full-size sedan (if not bigger!). Lowering the bed is an interesting idea, and would only make it more functional.

    I can’t wait to see what Tesla actually comes up with. But I hope they get the Model III production line fully up and running before putting more effort into the truck than a few tweets.

  4. Ian says:

    This is starting to get interesting.

  5. JH says:

    There is so many new possibilities with electric drive. You can do new stuff I like the idea of a low bed and frunk.

  6. Ford Prefect says:

    Where do I or can I install a winch on the front? What does it look like with the lumber rack installed (there goes any aerodynamics)? Show it with a crossbox on the back. Put a camper shell on it. Make it look more like a work vehicle than a Lincoln Blackwood.

  7. DJ says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The guys/gals who drive trucks will not like the front end! Looks like a rat.

  8. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Well, I give Truck Trend Magazine an A+ for thinking outside the box!

    But I rather doubt Tesla is going to go with in-wheel motors. They have proven to be too problematic for very nearly every company that has tried to put them into their EV.

    Furthermore, altho lowering the pickup bed to get things in and out easier sounds like a good idea on paper, that would mean a lower ground clearance, which is a no-go for a pickup.

    The painting/render at least shows more creativity than just PhotoShopping the nose of a Model ≡ onto an existing pickup. So I wouldn’t at all object if InsideEVs makes this picture their standard go-to for future articles on the Tesla Pickup.

    1. sveno says:

      I believe they will use the S/X platform and the front end will be much like X. Perhaps they will close the rear with a removable cap for lower drag.

      I simply cant envision them making another platform for the pickup – too much work and resource use.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Hmmm, well I question that it’s appropriate to assert there is one single MS/MX platform, since the wheelbase on the MX is longer.

        And I can’t imagine that Tesla would try to put a pickup on top of the MX platform. Claiming that they will, sounds like all those people who kept insisting the M≡ would merely be a slightly shrunken version of the MS.

        A pickup isn’t a sedan or a CUV. It needs a different platform, and different suspension, to sit on.

    2. Brian says:

      “altho lowering the pickup bed to get things in and out easier sounds like a good idea on paper, that would mean a lower ground clearance, which is a no-go for a pickup.”

      Not true. This was a result of their assumption of in-wheel motors. If you take that for granted, then all the stuff that’s usually beneath the bed of an ICE pickup goes away. So the ground clearance can remain the same, but the bed of the pickup can be basically lowered all the way to the top of the battery skateboard.

      Of course, your point about in-wheel motors is valid, and this truck probably will not use them.

      Still, even with a rear-axle-mounted motor, I bet the bed can be made lower. The so-called “pumpkin” in the rear axle of an ICE truck is probably larger than Tesla’s induction motor.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Brian said:

        “This was a result of their assumption of in-wheel motors… the bed of the pickup can be basically lowered all the way to the top of the battery skateboard.”

        Yes, I understood that before I made the post you’re responding to.

        Look again at the render as seen from the back. It shows the bed slanting down from the tailgate forward. I think whoever made that picture forgot that a Tesla truck will need a battery pack under the bed. Even if it had in-wheel motors, I seriously doubt the bed could be that low and still leave good ground clearance.

        Just my opinion… but it remains my opinion.

  9. Richard says:

    Well I own a Tesla P 85D and if they come out with the truck good enough to pull an RV I’ll trade it in because that’s my dream

  10. steven says:

    Here’s another case were you don’t want a product designed by designers, you want it designed by users.

    The uses of a successful pick up seem to include a flat bed of a reasonable height so that sheets of plywood or sheetrock can be loaded. The height of the rear bumper had to be in the range that a trailer can be easier attached and removed. The front bumper had to have sufficient structural strength that it could push or “bump start” another vehicle. The cab and bed have to be separate components to allow for chassis flex.

    Now, beyond all that, you can add features that don’t take away from the usability of it’s core functions. Basically, remember that a pick up isn’t an suv, although they can have overlapping uses.

    1. speculawyer says:

      Well if it has to be just like existing pickups then there is almost no point. Much better to address the market with a PHEV.

      Have GM put a beefed up Voltec drivetrain in their trucks and that will be a best plug-in pick-up.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        I think steven is absolutely right. Tesla can’t ignore the needs of utility in a pickup, as they largely ignored the needs of utility in a CUV for the Model X.

        And just because a pickup needs to have all the functionality that steven mentioned, is no reason Tesla can’t design “a new type of pickup”. Different forms can provide the same function. A suitcase and a duffle bag are both good for carrying clothing, but they don’t look much alike.