Here’s when you can expect the Tesla Pickup to break cover.
The wait for the Tesla Pickup is nearly over. Tesla's answer to the Ford F-150 was first teased during the Semi and Roadster reveal, and yet we still haven't seen a working prototype. However, during Tesla's 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting Elon Musk said the pickup is likely to be unveiled near the end of summer 2019.
Teslarati reports that the CEO described the Tesla Pickup is "one of the coolest vehicles he has ever seen" and that it won't be a conventional-looking pickup that just happens to be electric. "We know what that looks like," Musk said, seemingly poking fun at the electric Rivian R1T that features a conventional pickup truck design.
Musk still refers to the Tesla Pickup as a "Cyberpunk Truck" in reference to its futuristic design that looks like something out of Blade Runner. Talking about the vehicle's driving capabilities, Musk made a bold claim that the Tesla Pickup will have better performance than a Porsche 911. For reference, the base 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera will sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds. Yes, we're at a stage where an electric pickup truck is being compared to a sports car.
While the Tesla Pickup will allegedly have sports car performance, it will also be capable of towing heavy loads. When asked by an investor if the Tesla Pickup will able to tow a trailer loaded with horses, Musk boasted that "If the (Ford) F-150 can tow it, the Tesla truck can do it." Musk also recently confirmed the Tesla Pickup Truck will be surprisingly affordable and is aiming for a starting price of no more than $49,000.
As for the Tesla Semi, production has been delayed until next year and is expected to start around the end of 2020. The Model Y, on the other hand, should arrive in fall 2020 and is expected to be built at Tesla's Fremont plant.