A Tweet from Elon Musk may have the answer.
Despite all of the trouble and unwanted attention it has brought on the company, Tesla CEO Elon Musk continues to tweet out important news regarding new models, features, and company plans. Sometimes, Musk's propensity to respond to Twitter questions gives us valuable insight into what we can expect from the company. Musk had already taken to Twitter to ask customers what they would like to see in the upcoming Tesla pickup truck, which is expected to go on sale after the Model Y crossover in 2020. Though, it appears that timetable may be pushed up.
A recent tweet from Inside EVs said "Wonder if there's any chance @Tesla and @elonmusk can speed up the launch of the Tesla pickup truck. @AirResources needs it to launch now!" The tweet referenced an article about California's zero-emissions vehicle targets are being hurt by the growing popularity of trucks. In response, Musk replied with the cryptic message "maybe..." It's not much to go off of, but we have seen crazier things from Musk in the past.
Take the new Tesla Roadster for example. Even though Tesla has struggled to produce the Model 3 in high quantities and still hasn't released the entry-level $35,000 model, Musk thought it would be a good idea to distract everyone with the reveal of the new Roadster. We won't see a production version of the new Roadster until 2020 but that didn't stop Musk from revealing it. Perhaps the long-rumored Tesla Pickup truck could arrive sooner than we expected.