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Here's What We Know About Tesla's Upcoming Electric Pickup Truck

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【Summary】Here's a comprehensive look at everything we know about Tesla's upcoming, highly anticipated pickup truck

Manish Kharinta    Oct 21, 2019 4:00 PM PT
Here's What We Know About Tesla's Upcoming Electric Pickup Truck
A concept of the electric pickup truck shown at the unveiling of the Tesla Semi. (Photo: Tesla)

In April, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of a futuristic Martian landscape depicting a vision of the company's base on Mars. Also seen in the picture is Tesla's version of a Mars rover, which many speculate is a hint of what the company's much anticipated electric pickup truck might look like.

Electric pickup trucks are quite a rage these days and fellow electric car manufacturer, Rivian is also working hard on ramping up the excitement and recently showcased its upcoming R1T pickup truck in an all-new baby blue color scheme. Tesla's electric pickup truck is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated offerings in the utility segment, other than the company's Model Y crossover SUV.

While the general public eagerly awaits for any official word on the pricing of the new electric pickup truck, the only update we have received so far from the company comes in the form of a tweet from Musk. The Tesla CEO broke his silence on the pricing of Tesla's upcoming pickup truck, saying that customers might be able to buy one for less than $49,000.

Musk cited concerns about the upcoming EV's affordability and said that prices starting at $49,000 or less would make it possible for the company to reach more customers, instead of focusing solely on buyers in the market for expensive, niche electric trucks.

We expect that like other Tesla's other offerings, the company's pickup will not disappoint on the performance front. Tesla will probably offer the top of the line pickup variant with a range that falls between the 400 and 500 mile mark. It is also likely that Tesla will offer the truck in both all-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive variants, with a dual motor setup powering the AWD models.

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Tesla released this teaser image of its upcoming electric pickup truck.

Like every other electric offering from Tesla, expect that the pickup's electric powertrain will generate impressive torque figures. In a tweet, Musk mentions the truck might offer a towing capacity of 300,000 pounds. In a separate tweet, the Tesla CEO mentioned that the electric pickup will be able to adjust its suspension depending on the load.

Other features that will likely make their way into the upcoming offering include a 360-degree camera, Sonar, 240-volt power outlet, and a drop-down tailgate with automatic parallel parking capability. 

Commenting on the truck's appearance, Musk said that the "Cyber-truck" will feature a silhouette similar to that of an armored personnel carrier.

Elon Musk said that the EV will not look out of place on the set of the popular science fiction movie, Blade Runner. This has led some to speculate that Tesla's pickup will probably be called the "Model B" 

According to Musk, the pickup truck will likely make its global debut as soon as next month. 

Other than the electric truck, Tesla is also working on getting the Model Y, Tesla Roadster and Tesla Semi into production.

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