|For the past five years, Elon Musk has been mulling the prospect of an electric|
pickup truck. Now, he's confirmed that the idea is set to become a reality once work
on the Model Y has been completed.
In a tweet about the prospect of an electric pickup truck, Musk states that he’s been thinking about the project for nearly five years. This checks out — he mentioned the idea at an event in November 2013 and was talking about it again as recently as April 2017.
When he was first discussing the vehicle, Musk said that one thing about current pickup trucks that he would like to improve upon is how they handle in the absence of a heavy load. He observed that many trucks don’t handle well with an empty bed, and suggested that a well-placed battery pack could give the vehicle a more advantageous center of gravity.
While Tesla’s pickup is in the pipeline, there’s no clear schedule of when it will be made available. For the time being, less well-known companies like Workhorse Group and VIA Motors are already offering electric trucks that feature traditional engines as a backup. Meanwhile, Ford is considering an all-electric F-150 as part of its increased commitment to electric vehicles.