2020 Tesla Pickup Truck Rendered By Top Speed

AUG 9 2016 BY JAY COLE 59

Ever since Tesla released its Master Plan – Part Deux, and stated that the company would be building a “a future compact SUV and a new kind of pickup truck, the quest to imagine what those new vehicles would look like (and how they will perform) has been on.

Elon Musk confirmed Tesla truck is coming - gentlement start your rendering!

In July, Elon Musk confirmed Tesla truck is coming – gentlemen start your rendering!

The latest attempt at getting inside the mind of Tesla comes via Top Speed, which sent us its vision of the 2020 Tesla Pickup Truck.

“It’s certainly an interesting way of addressing another segment of the consumer market so our artists wanted to imagine how the car might look like.”

Top Speed also added some of its thoughts to a future Tesla pickup:

  • likely share parts with the Model X – it only makes sense
  • pickup and Model X share a similar overall shape ahead of the B-pillars
  • rear doors drop the Falcon Wings in favor of a more conventional style
  • tire choices will be more aggressive than those found elsewhere in the Tesla lineup
  • similar but slightly modified interior
  • no base battery offering (seen in the Model X/S) for the truck version likely to be offered
  • pricing won’t be Model 3, but not Model X either, estimates starting price of $50,000

Check out the full forecasting review at Top Speed

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Nice design not bad.

That’s “inside the box” thinking. Not a chance.

Wrong! Because the other models still look like cars, that is why they are successful. I bet pick-up drivers are also conservative thinking and want something rugged, strong, pick-up looking, I expect however that like with the X, there will be advanced technology solutions for typical pick-up features.

I doubt it will look like the traditional truck. especially so high off of the ground.

However, if it looks like that and only costs $50,000… it will sell like crazy.

Yeah, you can easily drop 50K on a diesel truck these days, and then you have fuel costs (big ones). So that would be game over.

When can I put in my reservation? My Dodge Ram will be 20 years old by then…..

GM can produce a BEV truck based on the Colorado, and do it ssoner and for less cost than TM.

Just about any legacy auto maker could develop a PEV pickup for less than Tesla will have to spend.

And so what? The very last thing GM would want to do is develop a PEV pickup which would compete with their very successful gasmobile pickups.

It’s the same reason Eastman Kodak didn’t try to market a competitively priced digital camera… or at least, not until they had already lost most of their market share.

Trucks need a lot of clearance if they are used in rough terrain. I’m guessing Tesla would use their air suspension to allow adjustment for the conditions.

Introducing magnetic suspension on a pickup that would be interesting and a very valid out of the box as well.

Once Tesla enters the pickup market, the rest of the auto industry will cave. Once Ford and GM start loosing pickup sales, they will have to start building EV pickups. Once that segment is cracked, the rest is history.

Really depends on what Tesla can price it…You can get almost any half ton or compact pickup truck for roughly $30K in base form…How much would Tesla sell a truck for that can match a $30K truck’s payload? Probably $70K for the base…

With the limitations of battery tech available now or in the next few years, it seems nearly certain that Tesla’s first pickup will have limited ability to haul and tow. So Tesla will likely aim at the compact pickup market, rather than try to compete with the “big boys”, where the limited energy from the battery pack would be even more non-competitive.

And as I’ve said before, those guys who want a “more macho than you” pickup aren’t likely to be satisfied with one that doesn’t go “Vroom! Vroom!” when you press on the accelerator.

Actually as a strange twist the smaller pickup could be indeed sold in the US first but for the few pickups that are sold in Europe to the have you seen me landlords, the higher the price the better. So in Europe Tesla could literally sell them a 500 KWh Monster pickup and sell it for 200000 $, they will be more than happy to buy it.

Guess it comes down to America vs everyone else…The top 3 selling vehicles in America year after year are F150/Silverado/Ram by a huge margin…Compacts aren’t even in the top ten…Silverado sold 54K while the Colorado sold 9K last month…As I was saying in another quote, I think Tesla could gain some valuable data-points if they allowed an open bed option in the model X…

It depend on the market. In Europe the pickup is almost marginal but the smaller segment B bellow the model 3, the cars without bud as I call them (think VW Golf), have a big share. Eventually Tesla will certainly enter that market at least in Europ just like they eventually enter the pickup in the US. If they don’t another company will likely step in to do it for them or separately. Supercharger access will still be demanded though.

There is a lot of space between here and

curious how you use the frunk. unless the front also opens down like the trunk bed door, it will be a bit too high to load.

How about a nice winch? The fairlead would look awesome coming out of the “grill”.


It’s gonna have to be a beefy, big bad ass monster truck with lots of interior room and be able to seat big 6’5″ men extremely comfortably. It’s gonna have to sit high on the road and rival every P/U truck out there. It MUST tow like a team of mules and have a huge battery pack. At least 250kWh, maybe more! This Tough Tesla Truck will have to enter this market head on and take no prisoners! Think Texas, Wyoming, Montana etc. It’s gotta be able to ranch!

It needs to be waterproof, as in submersible.

Maybe they could put some “falcon” wing doors that would flap?
Tesla will be too busy bailing out SolarCity to be able to do much — but all that means is Musk’s mouth will be bigger than the truck.

It’s got a whole truck bed, what does it need a frunk for? Just added weight, added cost and waste of space.

Putting a Big bucket under the hood does NOT ad weight or cost.

Oh really! How much does two extra feet of length with very little cargo space plus a lid and liner not weigh?

A guy with a regular cab

I think the Frunk could be useful. Dry, lockable storage is an issue in a truck, especially if you opt for a regular cab. You can add a toolbox, but it does cut significantly into your cargo bed, which is the reason you need a truck in the first place. The ability to have a groceries or valuables and not have to have them ride shotgun sounds great.


The primary purpose of the frunk is to increase the potential crush zone for frontal crashes. That is a valid safety concern one can note. The storage area is just a matter of serendipity.

Not exactly a fan of the front but I have to say it looks a heck of a lot better than that other rendering you guys had on here. Yuck!

I could see something like this render, but would expect a much shorter bulldog nose on a Tesla truck. Think something like a Ford Econoline van from the driver’s door forward, but styled as a Tesla.

There isn’t any need for a huge, long hood, and Tesla promised something “out of the box”.

There isn’t any need for a huge, long hood on a Model S/X or the Model ≡, either. Yet Tesla included it in all those designs, at least partly to give the vehicles an extended crumple zone so Tesla can rightly claim a very high safety rating.

Of course that doesn’t mean Tesla will always do that, but it will be interesting, and surprising to me, if they don’t put a fairly long nose on their first pickup.

Useful from aerodynamic perspective as welll…

There is no way this will be based on the Model X. Because the Model X was based on the Model S…a car.

You cannot build an F-150 fighter on a car platform…it just won’t work.

It’ll be a different kind of pickup, and it will be in its own class. I’d almost bet the farm on it.

A huge frunk could be exactly what sets this truck apart from the pack. One of the shortcomings of trucks is the ability to carry luggage (like suitcases, etc) in a place that is out of the elements without sacrificing the bed with some sort of cover. A frunk similar to a full-sized sedan combined with a fully usable 4’x8′ bed would certainly qualify as a “new type of truck”.

Here’s where the “no grill” strategy has a genuine negative impact – at least in America.

American truck buyers in large part are massively conservative when it comes to trucks. It’s hard enough to get them to look past guzzling V8s and loud pipes, but don’t strip the last remaining macho (or “compensation for something”) testosterone styling that buyers hang their arms out of the windows of in pride.
That definitely includes an ever-increasing grill size.

Change all that, and you’ve created a mom-friendly Subaru Baja.

Everyone should have a hobby, though some are more obnoxious or simply noxious, than others.
They do respect stuff that is well made and really tough, and is in for the long haul. So if Tesla can make such a truck they will make inroads in the truck community. File it under not going to happen anytime soon.

Not all truck are jerks though they seem to have more than their fair share of idiots in their midst.

Nice drawing, but not beefy enough. Truck bed is too small and those wheels and door handels need to change.

Anemic attempt, Top Speed.

Looks to me you cribbed a Honda Ridgeline and added Tesla door handles and nose.

James — Exactly. The newest Ridgeline may look more like a pickup truck to some… But it also looks a great amount wimpier than ever before. I won’t even bother looking up its specifications to determine whether it is really a ‘better’ pickup… Because it is so incredibly generic and boring looking now.

I still am on the fence re: An all-electric pickup truck. It’s such an important segment because it’s the top-selling vehicle in N. America, and so many Americans base their identity (freedom+independence) upon this type of vehicle. To do “any job” a pickup truck has to be able to drive off road with high ground clearance yet cruise efficiently and smoothly on highways and byways. Carrying heavy loads means high heat on a battery pack – and the elephant in the room is – LIMITED RANGE = LIMITED USE. Not much independence there. A 400-500 mile range would help. The Ridgeline is a newer twist on the pickup truck. Honda knew the segment was so crowded, the only way to penetrate a sector of truck buyer would be to find that homeowner who isn’t interested in a truck that rides like a truck ( has horse-wagon leaf spring technology for the rear axle ) and knows he/she will not be hauling rocks and tons of bricks in the back. This buying demographic is quite small – as the image of the truck is what sells over 50% of them. In other words, the vehicle has to be CAPABLE of many… Read more »

Yehaaa your right man!

No way anyone convince cattle! Err farmer!


Little boys always want to play with their big Brothers’ toys. So Tesla Motors should start on the high end, building vehicles that match or surpass the capabilities of Class III, Class IV, and Class V pickup trucks from the very outset. Answer the important questions about hauling, range, and towing FIRST. Then, once they have gained a proper reputation and strong following among Heavy Duty/Super Duty Customers, then go downmarket to 3/4 ton pickups.

VIA uses at most a 24 kWh battery pack. I expect the smallest offering from Tesla Motors would be perhaps 120 kWh to 150 kWh instead. I would hope for more like 170 kWh to 220 kWh instead. Overall Performance from Tesla would make
VIA look pitiful at best.

James — Below I have tried to cover your major points of interest. I’m rather confident they will all be addressed by Tesla Motors when they release a pickup truck. Take care! Ground Clearance — I’ve always been rather surprised that so many note this as a ‘feature’ for pickup trucks. Because it seems to me the only ‘clearance’ is for the body of the vehicle. In lifted 4x4s, the differential is still in the exact same place it would have been anyway. Most of them I see don’t have any armor to protect the differential. So that vital part is exposed to the elements — and rocks — just as it would be if at regular roadgoing height. When TRUCK TREND recently did their version of what a Tesla Pickup Truck would be like, they said it would have four in-wheel motors. That solves the differential problem — by adding a tonload of other problems. It seems like a good idea at first, until you notice how heavy each corner of the car becomes, how sluggish handling will be, and how often the whole system just breaks. Limited Range — I believe the only reason people keep bringing up… Read more »
GM could slap a Chevrolet or GMC label on the VIA truck ( buy out VIA Motors ) and challenge a Tesla truck without breaking a sweat. Tesla would have to re-invent a very established and time-honored successful formula to find success in the pickup truck market. This includes new factories, perhaps new battery plants and hoping the reputation of quick and fast using no gas can translate into a “tough, reliable, useful and tough image-instilling” truck. If GM or Ford would adapt a VIA-style version of their existing truck line, it could…and most likely would…short circuit any such time of efforts by Tesla. Originally, Elon hinted at a Tesla truck when he was courting Texas as one of the states to locate his Gigafactory. Also, Texas auto dealer associations and their successes in ousting Tesla direct sales from their state was a big thorn in his side. It was convenient for Musk to tweet and speak of this to make waves amongst certain government and corporate circles. I think Musk can still use the threat of a truck as a jab at legacy auto companies. I just don’t think it’s realistic or consistent with Tesla’s brand. Anybody who has… Read more »

Both your comments make some good points…I’ll point out a few things, the Silverado had a hybrid for 2005, 2009-2013 and offers an E-ASSIST version for 2016 in California…Due to minimal MPG gains and higher costs it did not sell well…There’s also that “geeky” non-macho stigma that most green cars suffer from…

It’s reported that VIA is $65K…They can market whatever efficient numbers they want as they’re not subject to the EPA until they sell to private parties…Most believe the that under the EPA cycle the range and MPG figures would not be attractive enough to drop $65K…

I believe the target market for the Tesla pickup would be for the person who doesn’t really need a truck (to drive on dirt for job sites, to haul heavy loads), but rather to someone who just need an open bed…I think it’d be a great idea to create an “avalanche”-style Model X, gain valuable feedback from the owners…

The Silverado/Tahoe 2-Mode Hybrids were a serious flop. The MSRP was too high for the minute gains in MPG they offered.

You have a point on VIA’s EPA ratings. But if their stats are accurate, they totally blow away any 3-4 MPG gains by a light hybrid truck.

I haven’t heard a $65,000 MSRP for VIA. If that is a fleet discount, that really isn’t relevant in my discussion. I’ve read $80-$85,000 for a consumer VIATRUX. That just won’t fly with any consumers. To mass produce them would mean economy by scale – and truly, it’s scary how expensive trucks have become today. $40,000 for a pretty basic extra cab truck is common. $63,000 for a leather-lined, fully loaded full sized truck is now out there.

Stop by TRUCK TREND’s website. It is possible to specify a Ford F-Series Super Duty Platinum to over $100,000 if you really want to do so. Because the 2017 version starts at over $77,000. That is precisely the price range a proper Class V capable Tesla Motors pickup truck might occupy.

I’d like think Tesla would be more forward-thinking than a fancy F-150 clone. A cab-forward design, like the 1960’s Econoline or VW “trucks” would be more efficient and look better too.

“2016 Ram 2500/3500 Limited: $80,240. Thus we crown the Ram 3500 Limited the most expensive pickup you can buy in America—although one suspects that Nissan, GM, Ford, and Ram are, even now, working to create even more expensive variants. Can the $100,000 pickup be far off?”


My Electric Camino project is on hold 🙂

Robert Fahey said:

“That’s ‘inside the box’ thinking. Not a chance.”


That render certainly isn’t a “new kind” of pickup; it’s exactly like what you see on the road today, with a Model ≡ “shark’s nose” pasted on.

A rather disappointing lack of imagination by Top Speed.

Probably but I must say that by a kind of luck, the design they propose is rather an attractive one. I would like such an ev pickup, especially if I can recharge it at a 500 KW supercharger as well as a 3 KW home plug.

Front plate on that looks like a rabbit tooth.

Model X is probably the most cargo-limited SUV for its class / size. It would be nice to see a vehicle or two by Tesla, that addresses the fact that people often transport stuff in their vehicles besides PEOPLE.

A true 4 x 8 bed, with a beefy suspension that handles heavy loads and towing– would be a minimum requirement of the market to take a Tesla Pickup seriously.

Also, it should NOT look like a Ford Ranchero. 😉

Would you prefer the look of a VW Rabbit pickup? 😉

Uhm… NO. That design is far too boring and ordinary to come from Tesla Motors’ Franz Von Holzhausen. It would not have a detached bed. The hood wouldn’t be so long. The cabin would not be so far back relative to overall length.

It would be a cab forward design, without being ‘cab-over’. The hood would be accessible as a frunk. The bed would be integrated to a unibody instead of being separate from the cab.