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Move over, Chevrolet and Ram. A new challenger has appeared to take on the Ford F-Series in the truck game: Tesla Motors. CEO Elon Musk has officially announced that his electric car company will produce a pickup truck.
Musk made the announcement yesterday afternoon at a Business Insider event in New York. There, he said that the truck — which will likely look like an actual product people will want to buy and not the terrible 'shop I had to cook up myself because Jason isn't in yet — will compete directly with the Ford F-Series and other passenger trucks. He said it won't be a commercial truck.


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The last time Musk mentioned such a plan, he was hopped up on pain meds. Since then, he's apparently decided to go for it.
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Musk's comments about the truck came after he was asked whether Tesla would ever make a fleet truck for the likes of FedEx or UPS. He said that, yes, Tesla was planning to make a truck, but not a commercial one, because the market opportunity for commercial trucks is much smaller. Musk said the Tesla truck would be modeled on Ford's F-Series in part because of that truck's remarkable popularity.
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It's very interesting to hear that Musk wants to take on Ford. This makes it sound like they want to do an actual, honest-to-God pickup with towing and hauling capabilities rather than a Honda Ridgeline-esque crossover truck based on the upcoming Tesla Model X. But Musk offered few other details, so that's just speculation on my part.
The truck game is very different from the luxury sedan game. I have to wonder exactly who this truck will be aimed at. Can an electric truck steal market share from traditional buyers who are deeply committed to their Ford, Chevy and Ram trucks? I think that depends on how good the Tesla truck ends up being.
Let us know what you think a Model S of pickup trucks should be like
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I wish writers/journalists wouldn't be allowed to contribute their own photoshops. Musk has a great idea that could really change trucks, but people will blast the appearance and write it off quickly/early because of the absolutely stupid and atrocious 3 minutes face swap photoshop.

I'm curious to see what comes of this. It'd be great to have a similarly assisted truck that can see decent mileage.
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I wish writers/journalists wouldn't be allowed to contribute their own photoshops. Musk has a great idea that could really change trucks, but people will blast the appearance and write it off quickly/early because of the absolutely stupid and atrocious 3 minutes face swap photoshop.

I'm curious to see what comes of this. It'd be great to have a similarly assisted truck that can see decent mileage.

It will most likely be based off the X
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It's a damn shame that the picture is not a Tesla front end photoshopped onto a Chevy Colorado.
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Tesla offers Ohio truck plant in exchange for direct sales




Tesla Motors, the maker of the Model S sedan, is once again using the promise of a new pickup truck plant as a way to coax state regulators into relaxing traditional dealer franchise laws.
After offering Texas a new pickup truck plant in exchange for the ability to sell directly to customers, Tesla has taken its act on the road and is now offering a similar deal to Ohio.

In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Neil Clark, a lobbyist representing Tesla, revealed that Ohio is "under serious consideration" for Tesla's proposed pickup truck plant, but only if state regulars shoot down a new bill that would bar the company's selling model. Set to hit the House floor for a vote as early as this afternoon, Senate Bill 137 would bar Tesla's direct sales method.
Unlike most automakers, which sell their vehicles through franchise dealerships, Tesla wants to own its retail locations and sell directly to customers. However, most states have laws against that kind of manufacture involvement, which has sparked a number of legal battles, including in Texas.
Ohio doesn't currently have a law that bans an automaker from owning its own dealership, but SB 137 would change that. Tesla is scheduled to open its first Ohio dealership in Columbus this week, with a second slated to open its doors in Cincinnati on December 13. If voted into law, SB 137 wouldn't take effect for 100 days, meaning those stores could remain open. However, Tesla's plans to open locations in Cleveland, Akron and Dayton would be in serious jeopardy.
Though not 'truck country' like Texas, Tesla says Ohio offers "a compelling case" for a pickup truck factory. Automakers like Honda and Chrysler have major operations in Ohio, and many of the industry's suppliers are located in the Buckeye State.

It should be noted that Tesla has yet to confirm concrete plans to produce a plug-in pickup truck.
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I really think the truck should be a joke - not even taking the bad picture into account. If they can do it, great, but I can only imagine that this would be the most worthless truck around. Expensive with very limited range and/or capacity.
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A top Tesla executive has hinted that the company could be working on a new electric pickup truck. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first suggested that Tesla could eventually build a truck back in 2013.


JB Straubel, Tesla's Chief Technical Officer, was the keynote speaker at the recent International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, and was asked a few questions during the event. One of those questions involved the idea of a Tesla pickup truck, which Straubel seemed to indicate was a distinct possibility.

"I can't say too much about the new products and the things we are developing, but from a pure technology point of view, everything that we've done on vehicles translates directly into trucks," he said, according to HybridCars.com.

Straubel added: "There's no reason that today you can't make a very compelling electric truck. They can charge at same sort of times as a Model S -- as one of our passenger vehicles -- and have the same economy of operation."

Tesla CEO Elon Musk floated the idea of an electric pickup truck over three years ago.

"I have this idea for a really advanced electric truck that has the performance of a sports car but actually more towing power and more carrying capacity than a gasoline or diesel truck of comparable size," Musk said in April of 2013.

Tesla is currently focused on getting the Model 3 sedan ready for launch in late 2017, so we doubt we'll hear anything official on the pickup truck for the next couple of years. However, it might make sense for Tesla to launch the rumored pickup truck alongside the next-generation Model S sedan, which should debut before the turn of the decade.
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Musk reiterates that the Model 3 is the priority, though.

Tesla appears to be making progress on producing what would possibly be the world's quietest convoy, as the electric-vehicle maker continues to develop an all-electric semi truck. Tesla chief Elon Musk, in a Twitter exchange with Electrek's Fred Lambert over the weekend, confirmed that Tesla's Jerome Guillen continues to make progress on the project, Business Insider reports. Musk reiterated, though, that the development of the Model 3 sedan is first and foremost on the collective minds of the California-based automaker.

Guillen's work is notable because he helped Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler develop its own test version of a plug-in truck before joining Tesla in 2012. Daimler is a big player in the field, and its entrant in the US Department of Energy's Supertruck program, which debuted in 2010, got a fuel-economy average of 12.2 miles per gallon, which was double the DOE's goal for the program.

Musk first publicized Tesla's intention to develop electric trucks last summer when he unveiled the company's second-ever "master plan," saying that early versions of both electric trucks and buses may see the light of day sometime this year. Shortly after that announcement, Mercedes-Benz introduced what it called its Urban eTruck. That model has a single-charge range of up to 124 miles, which would make it a prime candidate for municipal use.

Meanwhile, others are also joining the fray. Nikola Motor Company (as in, uh, Nikola Tesla, though there's no financial relation to Tesla the company) is working up its Nikola One, which the company hopes to have in production by 2020. That model is said to be "zero emissions" because it's propelled by a combination of a lithium-ion battery and a hydrogen fuel cell that is estimated to give the truck a range of up to 1,200 miles. Additionally, Toyota obliquely implied last year that it was also working on a hydrogen fuel-cell semi-truck project.
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I really think the truck should be a joke - not even taking the bad picture into account. If they can do it, great, but I can only imagine that this would be the most worthless truck around. Expensive with very limited range and/or capacity.
In fairness, trucks are already fucking expensive.

The kicker will be range. It will never compete with fleet vehicles for construction, etc. as some of them drive hundreds of miles a day. For most Overland Park truck owners, this is going to be hot shit. They can have a truck AND such a trendy status symbol?! what a winning combination!
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Elon Musk just let us know when we’ll get a look at the electric semi truck that he’s teased in the past: The Tesla transport vehicle will be revealed in September, the CEO said on Twitter on Thursday, noting that the team has “done an amazing job” and that the vehicle is “seriously next level.”
Plans at Tesla for an electric semi truck have been in the works for a while now: The vehicle was first mentioned back in July of 2016, when Musk revealed part 2 of his fabled “master plan” for his electric vehicle company. The Tesla Semi, as Musk called it, is designed to help reduce the cost of cargo transportation, and improve safety for drivers, according to the CEO at the time.
Tesla’s not the only company targeting electric drivetrains for transport vehicles; Nikola revealed its One vehicle last year, too, though that’s a hybrid that also uses compressed natural gas.
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Musk just teased an image of Tesla's electric semi truck at a TED talk



Last September, Tesla poached some employees from Daimler's SuperTruck semi truck program. Unsurprisingly, they were hired on to work on a Tesla EV semi, something that generally has taken a back seat to Model 3 development but hasn't been dormant. With Model 3 progress further along, it seems Tesla is ready to start spilling more details, although the actual truck and its capabilities are still a little vague.

Earlier this month, Musk announced the semi would be revealed in September 2017, and today we're seeing a teaser image of the semi for the first time. The image you see above was captured as a screenshot from Elon Musk's TED talk on Friday, and he even mentioned that he had driven it around the company's parking lot, according to Business Insider.

Musk also said that he's hoping that the electric semi truck will be able to beat a diesel truck's range and torque. The latter seems easy enough – electric motors make all their torque right off the line – but the range statement is audacious. Long haul semi trucks generally get more than 1,000 miles out of a tank of diesel, depending on a number of factors. So it'll take a heck of a lot of battery capacity to get that kind of range for a tractor and trailer setup that could weigh up to 80,000 lbs. So, sprinkle a little salt on Musk's claims here.

If you look closely at the image, you'll notice there are no side mirrors. And while it's streamlined, it looks like it has a very similar form factor to a standard diesel semi. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is testing right now.

We'll know more before Tesla reveals this thing in September, surely, so stay tuned.
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Reuters reports that Tesla plans to debut its electric big-rig truck next month, and that the outlet has learned the company wants it to go 200 to 300 miles on a charge. A Tesla “Master Plan” said its goal for the semi truck is to “deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”
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But at 200 to 300 miles, it won’t yet compare to its fuel-guzzling counterparts on range between necessary stops. That’s alright, though, because people should take a bathroom break every few hundred miles anyway. From Reuters:
... The entrepreneur has tantalized the trucking industry with the prospect of a battery-powered heavy-duty vehicle that can compete with conventional diesels, which can travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel.
Tesla’s electric prototype will be capable of traveling the low end of what transportation veterans consider to be “long-haul” trucking, according to Scott Perry, an executive at Miami-based fleet operator Ryder System Inc (R.N). ...
Tesla responded to Reuters questions with an email statement saying, “Tesla’s policy is to always decline to comment on speculation, whether true or untrue, as doing so would be silly. Silly!”
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A Tesla pickup truck is coming. Tesla CEO Elon Musk hasn't revealed a lot of details about it, but back in April, he said we could expect it in "18 to 24 months," which would put the reveal somewhere around late 2018 or early 2019. In the meantime, other companies are taking initiative to unveil their own electric pickups. Workhorse is taking commercial orders for its W15 range extended electric work truck, and Havelaar unveiled its Bison EV pickup in Canada this spring. Most recently, Bollinger Motors took the wraps off its battery-powered B1 sport utility truck, which combines off-road utility with the efficiency of an electric powertrain. Now Tesla, it seems, has to play catch-up.

But what would a Tesla pickup look like? The electric automaker has made a name for itself by blending luxury with performance and cutting-edge technology, all things we'd expect in a truck offering, as well. These renderings from artist Andrei Avarvarii give us a glimpse of how Tesla pickup could look in the flesh.



Its front fascia blends a number of familiar Tesla features, and uses a similar grille design to that of the pre-facelift model S, though freshened up a bit with a livelier shape. The headlights are instantly recognizable and the hood is a macho take on the swoopier lids of the current Teslas. A rising beltline and big Turbine wheels give it a distinctively sporty look. The stamped tailgate and flared fenders give this otherwise mold-breaking truck a whiff of pickup traditionalism.

Of course, we'd expect a truck from Tesla to offer different battery capacities. It would also make sense for it to serve as a mobile power device, and we'd love to see electrical outlets in the bed and up in the frunk, where one would naturally store their (Tesla branded?) power tools.
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Musk Says Tesla Semi Will Be Unveiled On October 26





Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has confirmed that the brand’s all-electric semi-truck will be unveiled on October 26 in Hawthorne, California at the SpaceX facility.

In typical Musk fashion, the news was announced on Twitter and he referred to the semi as a “beast” while also describing it as "unreal.” Based on the teaser image previously released, it certainly looks eye-catching.

In launching the semi, Tesla won’t look to disrupt the long-haul trucking industry and instead focus on the 30 per cent of all trucking jobs that involve regional trips between 100 and 200 miles. As such, the semi is predicted to get a range between 200 and 300 miles.

Last month, it was revealed that Tesla wants to test autonomous semi-truck prototypes in Nevada and California.

An email between Tesla regulatory official Nasser Zamani and Nevada DMV official April Sanborn detailed the automaker’s intentions.

“To insure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the States of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or Autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle,” Zamani wrote.
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