Tesla Pickup Expedition Rendered As Ultimate Off-Road Camper

AUG 27 2018 BY MARK KANE 38

It sure looks brawny, doesn’t it?

When the Tesla Semi was unveiled back in 2017, Elon Musk showed an image of the potential pickup versions of the Semi with the pickup on-board.

Well, the Semi is big enough to build a small house on it, apparently and that’s likely the idea that dawned in the head of this Tesla Pickup Expedition designer.

Is this the ultimate, electric heavy-duty off-road camper?

While electric campers aren’t really suited for long hauls, they do sport the necessary on-board juice to venture just about anywhere in the wild without the need for a plug. A sizeable battery could power items such as an electric burner for cooking, making coffee and so on. Additionally, the juice from the pack could be used for electric heat or even A/C, though you’d have to keep a close eye on remaining charge when running such large-draw items.

Lastly, and this might be important in some areas, the electric camper’s lack of pollution will help to keep the wilderness as clean as possible.

Lead image credit –  (Source: Jest Me Living)

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Man, that is ugly… Where do the 5 people sit inside?

It’s a nice collage. Give credit where it is due: this is not a serious rendering, just some fellow who likes image compositing. The shame is that the truck likely won’t look like the original art rendering shown and that this will be short-lived.

I don’t think it matters where the 5 people would sit. Nobody would want to be seen in this monstrosity.

I Musk have this EV 4X4 Off-Roader!

How Elon must one wait for the Pre-Order, Reservation, and delivery?

This Tesla is going to make somebody one Happy Camper!

I see what u did there

Looks like something you would go hunting in the woods for.

It looks like a sewage collection truck.

Clearly it doesn’t look like a model 3 (good thing because a truck should not look like a car), and based on your handle that seems to be all you can appreciate 😉
Leave the assessment to those who might actually buy something like this.

Definitely a warthog.

That’s a sloppy bit of Photoshop work. Hoping for some real camper versions soon after it arrives.

Benefit EV trucks will have over ICE is no engine in front, which allows cab over design, which allows longer bed with shorter wheel base. This truck design will look much more normal in a few years

It’s only really North American trucks that have an engine sticking out the front. Most of the rest of the world have cab overs for ICE vehicles of this size and bigger anyway (see European HGV’s and the Unimog mentioned below).

hmmm, that’s a good point…never thought about that.

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Oh hell yes!

An EV Unimog style vehicle would probably sell well, although not very many in the grand scheme of things. People converting them would almost certainly take the bed off the back and attach the camper directly to the frame though – it gives more space in the camper section. Most people don’t do dual use for Unimog campers like smaller pickups, so the bed is not required for that.

Hopefully the front end is different, as it’s exceptionally long for what is apparently just a two seater!

A great option for anyone with $200k+ (realistically closer to $500k+) to spare though!

The real challenge with an overlander is to make it big and tough enough to offroad and live aboard for a short time while making it small and nimble enough to get down the smallish trails to those remote locations.

The right size is likely a midsize truck with a camper that folds out, rather than a hard top.

Looks interesting though…

“It sure looks brawny, doesn’t it?”

Nope. Silly, yes; “brawny”, no.

Who in the world would put a spare tire on top of the truck? Should be mounted on the back for easy access in case you might actually need to change to the spare.

It’s fitting that this thing has a spare tire on top. It’s both ugly and non-functional.

Normally this kind of vehicle will have at least two spare tires. Storing the second one on top is a fairly standard thing to do, along with other things that are going to be used rarely.

They may look “silly” but most vehicles like this are designed for utility first and foremost. They’re used to cross deserts and go everywhere with a hefty weight on the back (some are used not as campers but mobile command/control centers with more computer power than most offices, others are used as mobile mechanic vehicles, while others are used to transport and sleep in).

That’s not the best drawing but the idee of having an off road electric motorhome is interesting. It would also suit a standard motorhome because you don’t need gas for driving but you can also get rid of the gas bottle for warm water, for the fridge and for heating. In more it allow a power inverter on board and therefore high power plugs. All you need is water and electricity and even that becomes feasible on board with vertical sizor extender solar panels and out of air water extraction systems along with water economy systems like shower water recycling pumps, grey water use for the toilet and even roof rain water collection.

I toured scotland in a motorhome last month and really enjoyed it, so an ev version would be even better.

Too bad there are no power outlets/superchargers in the wilderness, so a Tesla like that doesn’t really make sense.
It’d be as ridiculous as turning a Lamborghini or Bentley into an offfroad vehicle. Oh wait…

That’s right. In fact, there’s no gas stations in the wilderness, either! I mean, if you’ve got a gas station, you’ve got electricity.

You should read up on the US military effort to electrify their combat forces. You will see your anti-EV arguments melt away like the tug of the ocean against the shore: relentless, unstoppable, and as constant as the earth itself.

But two Jerry cans of fuel could give you an extra few hundred miles. Recharging is definitely still a problem for them, but people can decide if it’s an issue for their specific usage scenario.

Solar panel on the roof.

You do know how big a solar panel you’d need to charge something like this in a realistic time frame would be right?

You could probably fit around 3 solar panels on vehicle roof (65″x39″ per panel), and at around 1.5kWh per day you’re looking at around 4.5kWh of power generation if you’re somewhere sunny near the equator. Which gives you 20 days to sit around in the Sahara before you fill your 90kWh battery pack, giving you a range of somewhere in the region of 100 miles (off road, if you’re lucky!).

To put it in perspective two Jerry cans of fuel would give you the equivalent of around 390kWh of power (31 days worth of solar power assuming a 40% efficient ICE engine and a 100% efficient EV powertrain).

The solar panels would also weight more than three Jerry cans of fuel.

Actually things are changing with solar and with virtually no extra weight you can have much more than that. But this whole truck thing is kinda silly. Competition too tough for now, being a Sprinter competitor makes sense, and will force MB to go EV sooner with theirs.

Presumably you’re talking about recharging the 12v auxiliary batteries that powers lights, radios and other bits using relatively small solar panels? They are present on a lot of machines now (and make sense), but they are no where near up to the job of charging an entire vehicle.

Put it this way. If solar was a practical option for recharging vehicles they would be on EV’s now, even if just used to top up the battery bit when it’s sat in the work carpark.

You’d literally need a large trailer and a couple of days to set up a solar array practical enough to recharge a vehicle – realistically you’d need 40-50 full size panels (each weighing around 30lb) to charge up a 65kWh car battery in a day.

There are no gas stations in the wilderness but there can be a battery charger. We will see flexible solar panels that can be rolled out (like from a roller blind) and provide several KW, which when setup at camp could provide a couple dozen KWh per day. Also could have wind or a water turbine.
Until then, a small generator and a couple Jerry cans will suffice.

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It’s notable that the spec for the Tesla Semi is a 500 mile range with a trailer loaded to the maximum legal weight. Presumably the same vehicle utilized as a camper would have a range in excess of 500 miles, which would be quite adequate for a lot of excursions.

I really wanted a Model 3, then after almost 2 years gave up my reservation and bought a Bolt. This {non-Tesla?} rendering of a “pickup,” which I thought was supposed to compete with the F150 simply disappoints me.

I’d like an electric pickup truck, but not a levithian size vehicle.

Don’t worry, Tesla would not be foolish enough to build this instead of a real N/A pickup. They will try to do to F150/Silverado/RAM what the Model 3 is doing to the BWM 3 series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4, and the only way to do that is to beat them at their own game, not go niche.

Tesla should just buy Bollinger.

They wouldn’t gain anything from that, plus, Tesla is all about the latest tech…the Bollinger B1 is the exact opposite of Tesla.

I assume there are solar panels on the roof. So you might actually leave camp with more range.

Man I hope it doesn’t take it’s styling cues from the Tesla Semi, I would love a buy an awesome looking Tesla truck…but that I think that would be a litle too outside the box. Plus not many people can afford a $100k pick up!

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Some alternative charging sources would be A great idea. like a portable wind generator(kinda like the wind tree thing),solar, thermal, and maybe a small water wheel type thing for a stream if camping by water etc.