Is Elon Musk Going to Have a Prototype Tesla Truck Ready for 2019?
Elon Musk tweets again he is dying to make a pickup truck prototype for 2019.
We have heard Elon Musk talk about a prototype Tesla truck for at least five years now. Die-hard Tesla fans have been waiting and hanging on Musk’s every word. He has been quoted on social media saying, “I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after the Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.”
The pressure is now on for Musk and Tesla to deliver. Rivian just stepped up its game with a prototype electric truck and SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it got a lot of attention. Rivian is ahead of the game with its prototypes already in the public eye. Rivian says it will begin production on the R1T by 2020. The pickup truck market is one of the largest growing segments in North America, and so far it seems an electric truck could be well received, especially from an established company such as Tesla.
Elon Musk’s latest tweet read: “I’m dying to make a pickup truck so bad—we might have a prototype to unveil next year.” The tweet was in response to a Tesla fan asking when he could order his Tesla truck. If Musk holds true to his word, the electric truck wars will heat up. We know Musk certainly doesn’t want a company like Rivian stealing his thunder. Rivian is already taking pre-orders for the R1T.