Elon Musk Hints at Tesla Full-Size Pickup
Electric F-150 Competitor at Least Five Years Away
Evidently, winning the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year and colonizing Mars are not enough for the iconoclastic Elon Musk. The serial entrepreneur and founder of Tesla Motors now has his longer-term target set on that icon of Americana, the full-size pickup. However, an electric pickup is likely at least five years away from rolling into showrooms, according to a report from CNN Money.
The next vehicle to grace Tesla's model lineup is the Model X crossover, followed by a smaller, more affordable sedan similar in size and price to the BMW 3 Series, another standard-setting icon in the automotive world. Musk was quoted in the article as saying, "[The F-150] is the best-selling car in America. If people are voting that's their car, then that's the car we have to deliver."
However, obstacles to bringing a practical, reliable electric pickup to market are considerably higher than for a passenger car. Energy consumption of a truck increases considerably under load, whether hauling a payload in the bed or a trailer. An unladen range of 200 miles could be cut down to 100 miles or less hauling a load. But Musk shows little regard for convention in the design and execution of Tesla vehicles, with the Model S sedan having the longest all-electric range of any model currently on the market at more than 200 miles in its highest-capacity configuration.
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Source: CNN Money