Tesla Inc, the foremost electric car manufacturer in the world is still struggling hard to meet the growing demand of newly launched Tesla Model 3 sedan. The entry level sedan from Tesla comes at an attractive price tag, making it such a hit among the masses. But the other two products, the Tesla Model S sports car and Tesla Model X crossover just acted as a base for the company.
Following the success of these three products, Tesla is now planning to launch a pickup truck, making an immensely diversified portfolio for the American tech giant. Back in April, Tesla’s dynamic CEO Elon Musk confirmed that we could expect a new product like a pickup truck in "18 to 24 months”, but he hasn't revealed a lot of details about it.
This means that the new product would be revealed somewhere around late 2018 or early 2019. But the big question is, how would the Tesla pickup look like? An independent artist named Andrei Avarvarii has rendered the possible design of the upcoming Tesla’s unnamed pickup truck. The artist took inspiration from the Tesla Model S and molded it into a pickup truck.
Tesla is known for blending luxury with performance and cutting-edge technology and the pickup truck is expected to receive the same treatment, a perfect blend of technology and practicality. The front fascia resembles a number of Tesla models 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 trademark Tesla and recognizable and the hood is a more bulky take on the lids of the current Teslas. A rising beltline and big Turbine wheels give it a distinctively sporty look. It’s the rear three quarters that define the body type of a pickup truck, with stamped tailgate and flared fenders, giving this otherwise mold-breaking truck a touch of pickup traditionalism.
The artist hasn’t made any impression of the cabin of the Tesla pickup truck, but going by the current design, the pickup truck will house a centrally mounted large touchscreen system to control the car. The rest of the cabin will be as neat as ever. But it’s what powers the heavy pickup truck that’s what excites us, since we'd expect a truck from Tesla to offer different battery capacities.
Other companies are also taking up the 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.
And now Tesla would be catching up with these early offerers of electric pickup trucks. The challenge would be to have mechanicals to support the practicality of a pickup truck. Unlike other Tesla models, it would have to support load that one expects from a truck. It would be interesting to see how Tesla would do that in the days to come.
Another important aspect would be the naming of the new model. We will keep you updated about the progress of the new truck from Tesla.