Tesla is has been looking to expand its model range with a pick up truck since 2016, when Musk first mentioned it. You can imagine that a Tesla truck will differ greatly from your typical Ford or Dodge. With a sparse market for electric trucks, Tesla can easily lead in the market. Elon Musk said that a Tesla truck could be unveiled as early as summer of 2019. Although Tesla is already busy working on getting the new Model Y out to customers as well as working on the new Roadster and semi truck, we expect their version of an electric truck to hit the market in the very near future.
Tesla Truck Price
Tesla’s are known for being expensive, but this truck is actually looking to undercut a lot of competitors. Rivian’s R1T is starting at $69,000, but Tesla is planning to have their truck start at a price of just $49,000! At that price it is not only the lowest priced electric truck, but it is on par with many premium version of trucks like the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra. With the extra performance the Tesla truck can provide, it is sure to be a hit.
According to Elon Musk, the truck plans to have 400-500 miles of range, nearly eliminating range anxiety. Also, it plans to have a crazy amount of torque that Tesla’s are known for making it faster than all its gas competitors. And finally, it plans to have seating for six, which is a great as it is on par with most trucks. It seems like all the specs so far are on par with what Rivian is calming for their R1T, making all more of a deal for those looking for an electric truck.
If there is anything that might turn away a buyer, it may be the looks….at least for some of the demographic. While there have been no official designs released from Tesla, Elon has described the truck as “futuristic.” And many people have taken the classic Tesla shape and have sketched up drawings of what it would look like. Those used to traditional, boxy trucks will probably dislike the looks of this new futuristic model. Whether the design will be to increase aerodynamics or just look cool is unknown, but it will be a massive change in what people usually think when they think of a pickup truck. Whereas, Rivian’s R1T looks different from a normal truck, it still has the classic boxy shape that most expect.
While the Rivian R1T is further along in the development process, Tesla still plans on competing with them in the next few years by introducing their own pickup truck that will not only look more futuristic, but also undercut Rivian’s price point. So stay tuned!