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Coming someday: A Tesla electric pickup truck

Tesla head designer Franz Von Holzhausen

With the Model S launch in its rear-view window, electric car maker Tesla (s TSLA) is on its way to becoming a full-fledged auto maker. And according to an interview with Autocar (via Autoblog Green), Tesla is thinking about one day developing a pickup truck.

Tesla head designer Franz von Holzhausen tells the outlet:

“There will be a time and place for us to develop something around a pickup. That’s a market for which the torque of an electric motor would be ideally suited.”

Tesla has long imagined a full line of electric cars, including its high-end Roadster, its Model S sedan, the cross-over SUV/minivan the Model X, and a $30,000 mainstream electric car. Now that Tesla is meeting some of those milestones, it makes sense to start envisioning the roadmap even further in the future.

Who wants a Tesla pickup truck?

Here’s an older interview with von Holzhausen about the design of the Model S (jump to the half way point to see Franz):

6 Responses to “Coming someday: A Tesla electric pickup truck”

  1. I think that there would be a lot of people interested in the Tesla pickup truck. However it would really need to deliver a lot of torque and horsepower for it to be suitable to have a bed full of supplies, hay, equipment and whatever else trucks are used for and still maintain at least 60 mpr.

  2. twospruces

    I don’t think truck buyers generally buy for technology. They buy for reliability and toughness. If they convince allison to make the transmission, and get the running gear from GMC, then..maybe.

  3. Steve K

    Commercial use is a great application of EVs. Lot’s of short haul, and as Tesla said; the low end torque of an EV is a boon to heavy load use. Note that almost no heavy construction equipment uses direct drive from the diesel engine.

  4. I was going to vote for a 300 mile range, then remembered that my ’99 dodge ram 4×4 doesn’t even get that with 35 gallons in the tank….

    So give me a 240 mile range, or even 200… and I’m there.

  5. I hope they continue their strategy of cutting the price in half for their new models every 3 years. The Roadster was $120,000 or so in 2009, the Model S is $60,000 in 2012, and BlueStar will be $30,000 in 2015.

    At this rate, I hope they make a $15,000 one by 2020. Then it’s when Tesla’s cars, and all-electric cars in general, will truly become mainstream and for the mass-market. Hopefully the electricity charging infrastructure will also be ready by then in most places.