Introducing the new Truckla.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made big claims about the company's all-electric pickup truck but it will be a while before a production model makes it out on the road. Those who are patient can wait for Tesla's truck or perhaps buy one from Rivian. But YouTuber Simone Giertz is clearly not the patient type because she decided to beat Elon Musk to the market by building her very own Tesla pickup truck.
You read correctly. Giertz decided to fill a market that doesn't exist by converting her Model 3 into the first ever Tesla pickup truck. And this isn't just a concept drawn on a bar napkin, it's real. Say hello to what Giertz calls the Truckla.
Transforming a car into a pickup truck is not unheard of but this is the first time it has been attempted using a Tesla as the base. Not only did Giertz build the Truckla, but she also filmed a stereotypical truck commercial featuring off-road driving, a barn, rented dog, power tools, and a lasso. There's even comedic narration delivering lines like "it's here. The truck the world didn't know it was waiting for," and "if the thing you want doesn't exist yet, you step up and make your own." The humorous commercial then ends with the tagline "Truckla: Available Nowhere."
In a separate video, Giertz shows the entire process of turning a Model 3 into Truckla. Giertz said she used a Model 3 rather than the Model S or X because it has a steel chassis, which is easier to fabricate for. Along with a team of people, Giertz then set to work removing part of the Tesla's roof and welding new frame components.
The hardest piece to find was the rear window, which was donated from a friend's Ford F-150 with a blown engine. Truckla runs and drives but Giertz says the project is still ongoing. In the future, Giertz said she would even like to add a lift kit to make it more off-road capable.