Elon Musk stated he’s aiming to construct an electrical Tesla pickup that’s higher than a Ford F-150 at a beginning value of $49,000 or much less.
A reveal of the brand new mannequin is anticipated this 12 months.
The Tesla CEO advised the Journey the Lighting podcast that “It simply can’t be unaffordable,” however that its styling isn’t for everybody.
“It received’t seem like a standard truck. It’s going to look fairly sci-fi,” stated Musk, who has additionally stated it’s like one thing out of the “Blade Runner” movies.
Thus far Tesla has solely launched a shadowy teaser picture of the truck, which Musk confirmed depicts its entrance finish.
Musk advised the podcast “the purpose is to be a greater truck than an F-150, by way of truck-like performance, and be a greater sports activities automotive than a [Porsche] 911.” He has beforehand stated that it will function all-wheel-drive, a self-leveling suspension, a spread of 400 to 500 miles per cost and the flexibility to tow 300,000 kilos, which is unlikely to be its SAE-approved ranking.
The $49,000 determine occurs to be proper across the present common transaction value for an F-150, which begins below $30,000 however will be optioned as much as over $70,000. Ford is engaged on an all-electric mannequin that would go on sale as quickly as 2021, which might probably be the earliest that Tesla may launch its truck.
Ford can also be investing $500 million in startup automaker Rivian, who’s scheduled to launch its premium electrical midsize pickup subsequent 12 months with a 400-mile vary at a beginning value of $69,000.
Tesla has been struggling to cut back the price of its entry-level Mannequin three sedan, which was briefly obtainable for $35,000 earlier than rising by $400, whereas a model with a 310-mile vary at the moment begins at $49,900 earlier than charges.
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